Reports of abusive conduct toward children by adults are shocking. Churches cannot expect to remain unaffected by this problem.
So, what is a church to do? Everything possible to screen and monitor those working with minors at church!
- Implement safety and security policies. Standard policies, including the “6/2” rule, are a must. This policy states that one must be an active member of your church for at least six months before assuming a position of leadership and that there will be at least two adults in the room with minors at all times. These easy to implement policies will go far in discouraging predators.
- Include a volunteer application and follow-up interviews as routine. This will show your church, your community, and possible predators that your church is watching and concerned for the safety of children.
- Do official criminal background checks. Many insurance companies are requiring churches to completed checks as a prerequisite to coverage. Completing background checks demonstrates a desire and intent to protect children.
Bottom Line: It is our responsibility to protect minors at church. It may be a difficult transition and sometimes uncomfortable but, protection is not an option.
What are some things you and your church are doing (or not doing) to protect kids?