When a situation occurs that threatens church safety, security, and stability, I offer immediate practical assistance to church leaders. Through coaching, consultation and even on-site intervention and trouble shooting, I provide training, experience and strategic guidance to support church leaders in effectively responding to urgent needs, ensuring that no further preventable damage or loss occurs, and successfully navigating the phases of crisis and dealing with both anticipated and unanticipated ramifications of the crisis situation.
Whether the crisis involves critical incident
debriefing, responding to allegations of clergy misconduct, intervening in domestic violence
or child abuse, or dealing with natural disasters, I can help you obtain the information,
resources and support you need to successfully resolve the challenges it
Churches and church leaders are often unaware of the community standards and expectations by which they will be judged if abuse or exploitation of a vulnerable other by a church staff member, leader, teacher or volunteer occurs. While they know that protection and prevention are important, they may be unsure what steps are reasonable, prudent and appropriate.
I offer a basic
prevention package that includes on-site training for all church staff members, ministers,
leaders and teachers in protection of vulnerable others, relevant reporting requirements
(including state-specific legal mandates), considerations in responding to
allegations of abuse or misconduct, dealing with crisis situations effectively,
and establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries in church ministry.
Additional training topics and programs and professional consultation are also available.
Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil/Family Mediator,I am available to assist parties in resolving disputes related to either family or
civil matters through a process of mediation.
Mediation is a voluntary, cooperative process in
which the parties work on resolving their own disputes, without going to court, with the assistance of a trained and impartial mediator. The mediator
serves as a guide to the parties during the mediation session, helping them communicate effectively, define
issues, generate alternatives, explore consequences, and reach an agreement that is
acceptable to both parties. The mediator does not make decisions or create
agreements for the parties; the parties are responsible for developing their own agreement. The most significant
difference between mediation and litigation is that the mediation process gives
the parties involved in the dispute complete control of the outcome. In
short, the power of mediation rests in the hands of the parties themselves - if
the parties involved are willing to be creative, open-minded and committed to reaching a
resolution, mediation can resolve serious and long-standing disputes in a
matter of hours.
Training and Consultation I regularly conduct workshops, seminars and continuing education courses for churches,
businesses, educational institutions and professional associations, providing training and consultation in the areas of professional ethics and risk management,
and community ministry, and conflict resolution. I am endorsed by many
professional associations as an approved provider of Continuing
(CEUs) required for professional licensure renewal.
I can also design and deliver customized training programs and workshops that meet the unique needs of your church,
agency, school or other organization and will engage, inspire and motivate participants.
"Through working as the minister of a local church and serving the poor through compassionate
outreach I have learned that a knowledgeable consultant in risk management and crisis
intervention is invaluable. The church and nonprofit ministries
require consultation from someone who has the skills to help a church and
ministry navigate these complex issues. Linda has assisted both Raleigh
Community Church of Christ and Memphis Urban
Ministry for about twelve years."
"Linda has provided consultation for assessing
the relationship health of the church by training leaders in effective ways to
identify and address the needs and concerns of the membership. Her consultation to our church leaders has also included how to successfully respond to crises
and develop and implement strategies for risk management and protection of vulnerable others."
"Linda has also used her profession to help churches
and church leaders better serve the poor in a variety of capacities. She
has often been a telephone “life line” in emergency situations when urgent
needs are pressing and immediate action is required to help those in poverty
manage crises in their lives."
"I fully endorse Linda’s risk management, crisis
intervention, and consulting services."
"Teaching leadership at the graduate level, consulting with
churches, and serving as an elder in a large church have convinced me that leading churches today requires skills that most of us do
not get naturally from leading our own nuclear family."
"Churches and life are
too complex. Threats to our spiritual health
increase constantly. The complexity of relationships and stresses of life add
to the challenges of leading churches and the potential to make simplistic or gut-level decisions in times of crisis that can make things even
"I have had several opportunities to work with Linda Oxford in crisis
situations. She brings a very level-headed, well-informed approach to risk
management in churches. A few of her presentations could spare a churches years
of unnecessary grief and litigation. She has been a faithful participant in the
life of the church and loves the church."
"I recommend her crisis intervention, risk management, training and consulting services
“Linda Oxford has worked with our leadership team (elders
& ministry team members) to address significant issues in the life of this
church. She has helped inform and train us relative to crisis
intervention, risk management and the
protection of vulnerable others, and conflict resolution."
"She also has met with us as a consultant when we
were facing events that required wise counsel, and she has supplied that wise
counsel. Linda's value is immeasurable. She is an incredible blessing. I
recommend her services to all churches without reservation.”
"Ministry is always
of partnership. Church leaders face a diverse and substantial number of
challenges both within their own congregational community, but also as
serve the larger neighborhood community. Leaders depend on
"Linda Oxford is one of those
partners. She has the rare skill that enables her to become a full
player in the challenges faced by local churches.
With insight into leadership issues, with experience in crisis
intervention, with astute analysis of the impending issue and with clear
prognosis on a course of action, Linda brings a substantial professional
ability to nearly any situation."
"On numerous occasions during
my 32 years of full time church ministry, I called on Linda for
direction. Whether it was simply a professional consult on a counseling
situation, putting together a team to manage a crisis, or simply
events to create healthy individuals and families, Linda was a ready
participant with helpful direction and dependable insight."
"Ministry is always about
partnership. Linda Oxford has been a valuable partner on whom I
"Linda spent a weekend with our
congregation, providing education and consultation in crisis response and
prevention in the area of sexual misconduct within the congregational setting.
In addition to consultation with church leaders, she led a church-wide seminar,
small group discussions, and one-on-one sessions."
"Linda is a practical,
engaging and well-educated speaker, is obviously gifted by God, and provides a
wonderful blend of spiritual and professional help."
"Not only was Linda instrumental in
helping our church through a crisis, but helped us become better equipped in
crisis response and prevention. Through her assistance, we improved and
updated our church manual and policies, implemented a better system of
accountability, and put in place an annual training and prevention workshop for
church leaders and members."
"Based upon our experience with
Linda’s services to our church family, I highly recommend her. She serves
a vital role in the kingdom of God."
From Anthony Wood, D. Min., a veteran urban minister
with over 20 years
experience in the inner city culture. Dr. Wood currently works with
River City Ministry in North Little Rock, AR.
"Linda is a minister to ministers, helping them to
"continue on" when faced with overwhelmingly difficult and often
extreme struggles. She effectively uses her gifts to bring peace and
restoration in situations in which crisis and conflict
management skills are needed, whether with individuals, ministry
groups, or congregations."
"I have served alongside Linda in various ministry
settings for over fifteen years and have witnessed her effective
in crisis situations, her focus on protecting and healing vulnerable
persons, and her care in helping to heal those who have wounded others.
in a large church of eighteen hundred or a small inner
city church of fifty, Linda offers her talents to help bring people
together into healthy and productive community."