The church should be a safe place where people can worship, learn, work, love, and receive care in a manner that is free from sexual misconduct. All forms of sexual misbehavior by clergy and lay leaders with church members are unacceptable within the life of the church.
Early in the life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this church expressed clearly its intention to take whatever measures it could to help prevent sexual abuse and misconduct within the ELCA. In other words, the church is Called to be a Safe Place.
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Preventing Sexual Misconduct in Congregations
All forms of sexual misbehavior by clergy and lay leaders with church members are unacceptable within the life of the church. The church should be a safe place where people can worship, learn, work, love, and receive care in a manner that is free from sexual misconduct.
A written policy statement is an important first step toward preventing sexual misconduct or harassment. Make sure all persons concerned are aware of the policy and understand the content. When misconduct occurs, the entire congregation suffers emotionally, spiritually, and financially.
- Have a written policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.
- Instruct all adults who work with children and youth on what is and is not appropriate behavior.
Make it clear to the staff, volunteers, and members that following the guidelines you have established are to protect the children and youth of your congregation.
Resources for Congregations:
PREVENTING THE ABUSE
AFTER ABUSE IS SUSPECTED
WHAT IF THERE IS A KNOWN ABUSER IN OUR CONGREGATION?
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