Guarding and caring for the vulnerable among us.
Being good stewards of your local church involves more than caring for spiritual needs, maintaining property, and budgeting wisely. While these are vital ministries, they often require so much attention that we fail to see serious threats lurking in the shadows.
For example, is your church equipped to be a safe place for survivors of abuse, and safe from abuse? Do you have a church security plan? Are you doing all you can to ensure that paid staff and volunteers are vetted properly? Do you have a policy that clearly states the circumstances under which your property may be used for ceremonies such as weddings?
These are challenging issues. Negligence in any of these areas could result in harm to the very people God has placed in our care. Fortunately, there are excellent resources to help your church address these issues.
Churches should be a refuge for those who have experienced abuse. But, too often, survivors haven’t found the protection they deserve and the care they need from the church. Are you ready to join other Southern Baptists in changing that? This is an initiative of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the Sexual Abuse Advisory Group.
Stewards of Children
The Missouri Baptist Children’s Home offers this two-hour training that features video of survivors of sexual abuse and an interactive workbook. The prevention training gives people the skills to create safer environments. It makes them more willing to intervene in unsafe behaviors by adults with children. For more information, contact David Burch at the MBCH.
This five-part safety system focuses on protecting our children from the devastating consequences of sexual abuse. It includes: sexual abuse awareness training; skillful screening; appropriate criminal background checks; tailored policies and procedures; and monitoring and oversight.
Strategos International has more than a dozen training programs to help equip and prepare your congregation against the threat of an armed or unarmed intruder.
Choice Screening is the exclusive partner of the Missouri Baptist Convention. Choice specializes in church administration and creates personalized screening packages that focus on your specific needs and budget.
Church Bylaws and Policies
The Whitehead Law Firm partners with the MBC to provide free downloadable model church bylaws and policies on human sexuality and marriage. (Note: This is not legal advice and does not substitute for an attorney.)
Counseling for Pastors and Their Families
The Missouri Baptist Convention has partnered with Christian counselors around Missouri. Confidential, financially assisted help for Missouri Baptist vocational or bi-vocational church leaders and their families is available.