April 24, 2014
Youth Ministry Roundtable: Part four of a five-part series focused on issues related to risk and safety.
With the "Youth Ministry in America" survey results as a starting point, we continue our roundtable discussion. Today we discuss the all-important ministry issue of safety awareness.
If you missed the last three weeks' blog posts on the top concerns facing youth ministry, check them out:
- Week One: "Social Media and Youth Ministry in the Post-Facebook Era"
- Week Two: "Does Your Youth Ministry Have a Communication Policy?"
- Week Three: "Safety Training: It's More Than a Manual"
Ashley Moore: Each of you spends hours and hours thinking of ways to reach youth, how to love them, and how to share the gospel with them. Realistically, how much time is left to think about youth safety?
Wes Trevor: For us, it's built into the way that we operate, so to a certain degree it becomes autopilot. There's a lot of work to get those policies and procedures in place, but when those policies are in place and there's repetition, it starts to become a part of our thinking. People begin to understand they shouldn't drop off a member of the opposite sex last from their car, or that they shouldn't be left alone in a room with a student.
Once you have some basic foundational pieces in place to build upon, you can become more nuanced in your approach. But I'll be really, I am not at my desk thinking Okay, how can we do every single part of my ministry in the safest way possible?