Leaders of a local church –the senior pastor and the board — must adopt clear policies, “sand bags” to keep storms out.
Very necessary because…
…the news reports scream that policies either were not there or were broken. …Jesus Christ is Lord and to be glorified.
AREAS TO WRITE AND HONOR POLICIES FOR PROTECTION, WITH A FEW SUGGESTIONS AS STARTERS
Receiving money or gifts from people in the church
~ A system to report any gift over $50 or $100 in case of issues in the future
Meeting (counseling, casual, planning, meals, unplanned, visitation, driving) one-on-one
~ Total prohibition if alone.
~ Clear guidelines for others being close at hand and responsible
~ Clear inclusion of how this relates to children’s area, and one-on-one with students
~ A way to clear with leaders when all the qualifications are met
~ Limit all counseling as to number of sessions.
~ Reports, written, of all
~ Someone responsible knows where your are and when you will return if during work week.
~ All staff signs annual commitment to policies and is aware of consequences if disobeyed.
~ Clear way of reporting and inspecting
~ One of the details on it: “Any area of personal concern” or misunderstanding.
…A clear fair procedure to report an inappropriate attitude or remark