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Redeemer Implements New Policy

June 10 2015
June 10 2015

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From Redeemer's inception, ministry to our children and youth has been a priority. This commitment flows from the Lord Jesus himself who welcomed and included children as part of the Kingdom of God.

But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." (Luke 18:16)

In recent years, as many of you recognize, Redeemer has experienced significant growth. Our new, downtown facility and the addition of many new members increase the complexity of existing ministries and require new ones to emerge.

One specific consequence of Redeemer's growth is the need to exercise greater responsibility to ensure our children's safety while participating in Redeemer's program of ministry. This responsibility is something we take very seriously. For this reason, the Session has recently adopted a Children and Youth Protection Policy that represents best practices among congregations like Redeemer. Over the coming months, Redeemer's staff will be implemeting this policy to ensure that our children and youth experience a safe environment in which to learn and grow in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In terms of impact, this new policy requires that those at Redeemer who work with our children and youth complete a specific process. In the coming days, all volunteers currently serving in this capacity will receive an email from their appropriate Ministry Director, which will get things started. There are 5 parts to this application process, including: application, background check, sexual abuse prevention training video, references, and interview.

While all of this might sound daunting, it is designed to move smoothly and quickly. In fact, we believe this will be a helpful and rewarding process for all of our volunteers. Not only are we ensuring a safe environment for our children, but you will be better equipped to help provide a nurturing environment where each of our children can grow to know the loveliness of our great God and King Jesus.

For Christ our Redeemer,

Tom Gibbs
Senior Pastor


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