“No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin and destruction within your borders. You will call your walls Salvation, and your gates, praise.” Isaiah 60:18
Community Mennonite Church follows Safe Church practices along with other churches both locally and nationally so that the church is a sanctuary. The Safe Church program equips adults in the church to protect and prevent the sexual abuse of children so that our church and community are a safe, nurturing place for the most vulnerable among us. The program avoids the pitfalls that have historically plagued churches by offering accountability measures similar to those used with the treatment of money in the life of the church.
For example, having two persons present, keeping records, as well as securing the locations where children are present. All adults working with children receive training and background checks. Children are educated to expect safety and to think about what that feels like; they are encouraged to say if they are uncomfortable and know that the adults will respect what they say. The Safe Church program also lifts up and empowers adult survivors of sexual abuse in the church by offering a yearly survivor’s retreat, by acknowledging that abuse can happen in church, and with a commitment to create an environment of protection.
Please review the full policy if you have any questions.
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We are especially interested to know the following: Are there sections of the policy for which you would like clarification or would like to know the research behind? Have there been situations in which following the two adult rule was difficult? Do you have questions about what constitutes compliance in a certain situation?