An initiative to stop violence
enditnow® is a global initiative to raise awareness and advocate for the end of violence around the world. It aims to mobilize Seventh-day Adventists around the world and invites other community groups to join in to resolve this worldwide issue.
Although it is an uncomfortable subject for many people, it has become more and more obvious that abuse is a serious problem for Christians, for Seventh-day Adventists. Abuse in any form deforms the body of Christ—for the victim, for the perpetrator, and for the church that is left with the hurting members.
ENDITNOW® EMPHASIS DAY
FOURTH SABBATH OF AUGUST
enditnow® is a worldwide church initiative
enditnow® Emphasis Day, the fourth Sabbath of August, provides an annual opportunity for local churches to address this issue, to educate church members and leadership, to facilitate awareness in their communities, and to let victims know that their church cares about them.
enditnow® Emphasis Day is on the world church’s Calendar of Days and Events. General Conference Women’s Ministries (GCWM) coordinates the production and distribution of the enditnow® Emphasis Day resource packets with contributions from six additional co-sponsoring departments of the General Conference: Children’s Ministries, Education, Family Ministries, Health Ministries, Ministerial Association, and Youth Ministries.
AUGUST 28, 2021
BRINGIN PEACE HOME
This year for enditnow® Emphasis Day we have chosen to focus on the issues of youth violence and pornography. These are not issues normally discussed, and we know that some will be uncomfortable with the topic. Yet it is vital that we recognize the problem. More and more we read in the newspapers of violence perpetuated by and against young people. We can no longer pretend that this problem exists only outside the doors of our church. Our young people are not safe! We must find ways to help them deal with the destructive and harmful effects resulting from these types of abuses. With God’s help we will make a difference in their lives and help the healing process to begin.
North American Division Women’s Ministries contributed to the enditnow Emphasis Day resource packet for 2021. The sermon titled “Bringing Peace Home” is written by Sarah McDugal, MSA-ID, Author, Trainer, Abuse Recovery Coach, Wilderness to WILD, LLC. In the packet is an eBooklet she wrote, Abuse Advocacy, and an infographic poster, 13 Minimum Steps to Church Security (written with Gary Loster). Used by permission of Wilderness to WILD.
The seminar, “The Problem with Pornography: Addiction, Abuse, and Affliction” written by Erica Jones, Assistant Director of Women’s Ministries for North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Erica works with young women in the North American Division (NAD) in the areas of abuse, addictions, and pornography. Many young women have been helped by Erica’s commitment and dedication to bringing these issues to the surface. Erica also wrote a brochure for NAD enditnow®, “There Is No Excuse for Abuse.”
The seminar, “Dangerous Kissing Cousins,” written by Drs. Claudio and Pamela Consuegra, directors of North American Division Family Ministries, was published in Ministry® International Journal for Pastors, November 2019. The script of the presentation is in the packet. Used by permission.
What’s in the Packet?
- Sermon and seminar scripts in Word
- Bringing Peace Home PPT
- The Problem with Pornography PPT
- Statement on Pornography PPT
- Dangerous Kissing Cousins PPT
- Abuse Advocacy eBook PDF
- 13 Minimum Steps to Church Security JPG
You may print and reproduce the packet if you’d like to share it with others. We encourage you to use these resources in your church’s enditnow® Emphasis Day program.
- Church Self-Assessment Tool-Graph C PDF
- There Is No Excuse for Abuse brochure PDF
- Portuguese magazine, Breaking the Silence, about Pornography PDF
- Spanish magazine, Breaking the Silence, about Pornography PDF
- PowerPoint slide backgrounds PPT
The Dynamics of Domestic Violence PDF eBooklet
enditnow® social media square images as PNG files (courtesy of South Pacific Division)
1 in 4 women experience violent abuse from an intimate partner
Prevalence of women experiencing domestic violence: indigenous 60%, Pacific 70%
Rates of domestic violence are the same, church = society
Breaking the Silence brochure
2020 Resource Packets by Language (Zip files)
North American Division enditnow website
Church Statements Against Violence
What Can My Church Do?
Protecting Our Children
13 Minimum Steps to Church Security, an 11×17 poster, by Gary Loster and Sarah McDugal, used by permission of WildernesstoWILD.com
Enditnow Decision Tree, infographic in Spanish
Sexual Abuse: Reclaiming Hope, a seminar for NAD teacher certification and continuing education credit (CEUs), from Adventist Learning Community