Predator in the Pews
“Jimmy”” joined the church a year ago. Before long, he volunteered to teach a Sunday School class and got to know eight–year–old “Peter.” Things started innocently. A hug at the end of class. Gifts for Peter. Lots of extra attention. And then it happened. Jimmy took advantage of Peter.
Church, be on guard! Deepak Reju outlines why child predators target churches, how to protect children from this terrible evil, and how to respond in a way that helps young victims to recover if it does happen.
Child abuse can happen anywhere, and we all need a plan for how to prevent and respond to it. What’s yours?
This is an important book for all churches. Its subtitle shows clearly what it covers: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church. Is your church ready? We need to be and this book will help. It is clear, engaging, practical, and very thought provoking. Though many details apply to the American context, its principles are applicable far more widely. I would recommend that a couple of people in every church should read this book and talk through its implications – a church leader and someone experienced from the children’s ministry team would be best suited for this. Much is at stake in this whole area and churches cannot afford to be negligent or naïve.
If I could mandate that at least one leader from every church had to read a single book, I don’t think there are too many I would choose ahead of On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church. It’s not that it is the best book I have ever read (though it is plenty good) or that it contains the deepest theology (though there is plenty of good doctrine within its pages). It’s that too many times the purpose and witness of the church has been tarnished by her failure to offer safety and protection to children. This book offers assistance where so many churches have failed.
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