As a parent, I was particularly struck by this passage from Richard Hammar's Essential Guide to Youth Ministry Safety:
Middle school- to high school-aged students are inexperienced and vulnerable when it comes to physical and emotional boundaries.
This can affect their judgment when interacting with one another, other youth leaders, and those they're serving. Whether it's students developing relationships with older youth leaders, high school students volunteering with the junior high youth group, junior high students hosting a babysitting night, or all students participating in an overnight trip, these situations present many risks that can leave the youth ministry staff and the church itself vulnerable to legal liabilities.
How well is your church addressing these potential youth legal and risk liabilities? What about other potential risks, such as transportation involving youth for events? We'd like to hear from you through this confidential survey, co-sponsored by Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company and Christianity Today. Your participation will help us better understand the issues you and your church face, and the responses you've found most effective for dealing with them (or, the challenges that persist and keep you up at night).
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