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3 Laws Of A Safe Childrens Ministry

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Safety is everything when it comes to Children’s Ministry.  Nothing can close the doors of your church faster than something happening to a child under your watch.  We want church to be a safe place for the kids that come.  We want parents to feel comfortable leaving their most precious possession in our care.  Here are 3 laws of a safe Children’s Ministry.

  1. BACKGROUND CHECKS!!!  If your church isn’t background checking people that work with kids then you are failing in a huge way.  In the world we live in today it is IMPERATIVE that you check everyone.  Note that a simple call to the police department doesn’t cut it.  You must do a NATIONAL search including a sex offender registry search.  Follow up on references.  It is your duty.  (note to parents, NEVER drop your children off at a church that doesn’t pull this type of background checks)
  2. Interview your potential team:  As a leader in the church I reserve the right to not allow you to serve with kids even if you pass a background check.  If I think you are creepy, questionable, or just don’t have a good feeling about you then I can tell you “no”.  Passing a background check simply means you haven’t been caught.  So as you interview people to serve in your ministry be sure to check yourself for uncomfortable feelings regarding who is applying.  It very well could be the Holy Spirit warning you.
  3. It needs to LOOK as safe as it IS:  Appearance is 9/10 of the law when it comes to having a safe environment.  Your areas need to look as safe as they are.  In other words everyone may be cleared to serve in your ministry but if they don’t have proper identification that they are cleared parents might worry that just anyone can walk in your ministry and be with kids.  Present your ministry as safe by making an effort to look as safe as you are.

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About the Author

Joe McAlpine is the Pastor of Share at Northbrook Church. Northbrook is a growing church just outside of Milwaukee WI. He has been in ministry for over a decade, serving in staff leadership at churches ranging in attendance from 500 to 7,000. Prior to his current ministry, Joe had the privilege of leading the children’s ministry at Northview Church, the 5th fastest growing and 85th largest church in America in 2013. In 2009 he created www.joemcalpine.com, a website dedicated to helping leaders in next generation ministry grow spiritually, relationally and organizationally. Joe has a passion to help young leaders of next generation, family based ministries grow into seasoned ministry professionals oftomorrow. Joe lives out his passion for next generation leaders by tapping into his experience as a husband of one, father of four, pastor and life long lover of of learning. Joe has been happily married to his wife Christy for longer than he can remember and has four children, Elijah, Selah, David, and Elisabeth. The McAlpines are originally from the Chicago area. In his spare time you can find him hanging with the family and connecting with as many kidmin people as he can!