Protecting Your Church Against Sexual Predators: Legal FAQs for Church Leaders

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Kregel Academic - Religion - 133 pages

An invaluable handbook written by an experienced lawyer for confronting and avoiding the spiritual, emotional, and financial devastation resulting from churches not anticipating the presence of sexual predators in the church. Many flourishing churches have been destroyed by child molestation and the resulting litigation. Unfortunately, sexual predators within the walls of the church are not uncommon. They sit in our pews. They come to our picnics. They even preach from our pulpits and teach in our classes. How can a church protect itself and its children from a very real threat and avoid financial catastrophe brought on by a groundswell of lawsuits? This practical and pertinent book by attorney Voyle Glover cuts to the chase, providing concise, succinct guidelines for protection against sexual predators. Glover's expertise on a wide variety of issues will minimize a church's risk by reducing the opportunities for predators, decreasing liability, and managing the excessive legal exposure. Topics include:

- Insurance issues that need to be addressed and understood now.

- Is forgiveness an issue when dealing with a repentant child molester?

- Why it is essential to distinguish between restoration, love, and obligations.

- What to do when there is an accusation raised against a church member.

- What about sexual assaults by leadership?

- Guidelines for pastors and other leaders in counseling situations. Includes forms designed to help protect the church.

 

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This is a book that EVERY pastor, every church staff member and every deacon should read. The handwriting about pedophiles in churches has been on the wall for some time, and now it is flashing in neon. Most churches will wait until the disaster comes rather than educate themselves and prepare in advance. This course is as neglectful as it is tragic. Caring for the flock means knowing how wolves operate and how to spot them and deal with them in a proactive manner. If you love your church, GET THIS BOOK! Jerry K., Ph.D. 

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Contents

Coming Soon to Your Church A Child Molester
11
Appreciating the Danger Posed by Child Molesters
25
A Closer Look at Some Reasons for the Risk
35
Paying Attention to Detail
45
Safeguards
57
It Happened What Is Our Liability?
65
Sexual Assaults by Leaders
73
A Duty to Report?
85
Consent by Volunteer Worker
101
Questions to Ask Former Church
103
Tip Sheet for Trips and Outings
105
Resources
108
Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect United States
110
Penalties for Failure to Report United States
112
Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect
114
Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect
116

Insurance Coverage
91
Childrens Worker Application
97
Questions to Ask References
99
Immunity for Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect
120
Endnotes
121
Copyright

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