Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
Some may put their heads in the sand and say “Oh, no; not here!” when it comes to discussing abuse and religious communities. Yet clearly, without intentionality, accountability, and clear policies, children, youth, and at-risk adults are vulnerable to predators. Educator, church leader, and attorney Joy Melton combats this vulnerability by offering congregations an education and implementation process to protect children, youth, at-risk adults, and ultimately themselves. The process includes working with volunteers, best-practices with respect to keeping children and others safe, how to educate the congregation about abuse, and how to respond to allegations of abuse. Melton also addresses less-discussed aspects of abuse, such as how to work with convicted sex offenders who desire to be part of the community. Sample forms and a detailed list of additional resources complete this practical and user-friendly resource that is for clergy, lay-leaders, and educators from numerous religious traditions.