I have given myself a challenge for the next 26 days – post the complete A-Z of Ministry to Children. (I almost pulled this off! Just missed yesterday through being a ‘little’ tired after Kidshaper Conference).
Z… zebra, zoology, zenith…
Z is for Zeta – A small room or closet in a church.
This might be a little heavy to finish this list on, but the final word for the A-Z of Ministry to Children is about safety and protection. The most pressing need of your Church is to safeguard your children!
The bottom line at Hillsong Church for our leaders is simply this: ‘never be alone with a child.’
Our toileting procedures is always in pairs (or groups), we don’t change nappies (diapers) and our new leader process is pretty blunt – you need to ask the hard questions up front.
There should be no Zeta’s in your church. No secret places, and no secretive volunteers (or pastors).
Our culture and society has seen enough abuse of children (rightly so). So your job is to avoid even the appearance of evil. Be diligent, be militant and proactive about the safety and care of your kids!
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