This past week, the church took another hard hit.
It came over the airwaves, that yet another spiritual leader had fallen. A pastor from a Baptist church in Northwest Calgary (thankfully not ours), was arrested for child molestation. I wish I could say that I was shocked, but I wasn’t.
I was just filled with sorrow for the victims and anger that this continues to be a problem!
The interesting fact was that this report was released a few days before I was scheduled to do some child-protection training at our church (Westbourne Baptist Church).
Through an excellent organisation called Winning Kids, to which we are members; we have chosen to make their “Plan To Protect” program the standard for our church. It is excellent and I strongly encourage any church or ministry to adopt this program!
Needless to say, no amount of promotion for this training could have echoed its importance, more than the events of last week.
As church leaders and ministry workers, we should demand excellence in all areas of ministry. However, we can not afford anything less than excellence within our ministries to children!
When Jesus was asked who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, he responded in this way.
“He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.’” (Matt. 2-6)
Clearly, children were and are of great importance to our Saviour.
Therefore, I strongly encourage you. If you or your church does not have a plan to protect your ministries to minors, chose to deal with that problem this week. Yes, it can be a lot of work; from documentation to training of volunteers. Nevertheless, few other things should take precedence.
We must prevent the Bride of Christ from taking any more tragic blows.
What plans of protection does your church or ministry have in place? What have those plans done to increase your ministry potential? Why is it worth all the extra work?