Safe Church: Screening Volunteers

The first time I helped create a Safe Church Policy (called a Child Protection Policy at that time) I was still in seminary.  In the years since, I have been involved in the drafting, implementing, evaluating, and updating of such policies in many congregations. While I am thankful that nearly every church now has such a policy, I am troubled that the number is less than 100%.  I am also concerned by stories of churches that have such policies but don't follow them or regularly make Read More …

Moving Sunday School Online

For as long as I have been in ministry there has been discussion about how best to reform the Sunday School experience for children.  I spent many months doing research on this topic nearly a decade ago as a part of my doctoral work.  I continue to be intrigued by and appreciative of those who are on the front lines of innovating this important ministry of faith formation. Day Smith Pritchartt's recent blog post is one great example of how a congregation might choose to replace the Read More …