For discussion

April 25, 2012 | Feature | Number 9

1. Does your congregation have a safe church policy? Whose responsibility is it to implement and review the policy? What has been the effect of the policy? How does it relate to Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:5-7?

2. How important are safe church policies? Do they hinder volunteers from getting involved? Do they hamper youth programming? Do they help neighbours feel comfortable that their children are safe? Do they remind church leaders of the implications of abusing the trust of others?

3. Have you personally encountered the Canadian Food Inspection Agency? How important is the work that it does? In what situations do food safety inspection laws apply to churches? How concerned should we be about food safety? How much of our safety is ultimately dependent on God (Psalm 4:8)?

4. Is the push for safety/food policies and laws primarily driven by fear of lawsuits? What changes in society have led to an increase of such regulations? How effective are policies and laws in bringing about desired behaviour? Are there other things our churches could be doing to improve safety?

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