Protecting children from abuse focus of webcast
DALLAS (BP) -- Protecting children, youth and other vulnerable groups -- as well as responding well to reports from victims of abuse in churches and ministry organizations -- will be topics covered during a free upcoming webcast sponsored by GuideStone.
The "Protecting the Vulnerable in Your Ministry" webcast is from 1-3:30p.m. Central time on Thursday, March 21. Pastors and other church leaders can register for the free training at GuideStone.org/MinistrySafeWebcast.
"We want to ensure that every pastor in every church knows the steps they need to take to recognize and prevent abuse in their midst -- as well as how to come alongside and help victims who report abuse," GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins said. "Our goal is to help pastors and churches fulfill the ministry they have received from the Lord, and part of that ministry is protecting their flock from those who seek to harm them."
The webcast will provide actionable takeaways on protecting children, youth and other vulnerable people in the church. Discussion will include how to create a culture of communication, respond well to reports from victims of abuse, properly prepare for and enforce an effective safety system, and implement extensive staff training program with background checks, monitoring systems and more.
"We believe this webcast will be timely and useful for any pastor or church leader who wants to respond to this urgent need in our churches," Hawkins said.