PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Like me, I know you care deeply about the children and youth placed in your church’s care. Churches play a vital role in children’s intellectual, social, spiritual and physical development. God has entrusted us to nurture and care for these children, a task we accept with gratitude and seriousness.
Protecting the vulnerable is core to our identity as Christ-followers. In doing so, we rely on the cumulative result of the wisdom of experts in this field, as well as legal counsel and youth and children’s ministry directors. Every church needs an effective program for protecting children. The rates of abuse are horrific, and over 90% of juvenile sex abuse victims know their abuser in some way. Child abuse is consistently the biggest single reason for litigation against churches.
C4SO will not tolerate any form of child abuse involving clergy, lay employees, volunteers or other persons. Everyone who serves the church through educational, pastoral, recreational or other activities is expected to maintain the highest biblical standards in relationships with those to whom they minister, avoiding any form of misconduct against children, including sexual behavior. Thus, we have a 5-Step Protection Program in places that involves screening, training, interacting, monitoring and responding.
We’re here to support you however you need, and we stand ready to collaborate with local parish leadership to provide pastoral care and resources. We must hold one another accountable to care for the least of these, as we seek to live out our Kingdom mission for the sake of others.
In His Service,
Bishop Todd Hunter
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)