Church leaders often struggle with the question of whether a current or previously registered sex offender continues to pose a risk of harm to others. Consider the following examples.
• Example. D is an adult male who has begun attending a church. A member informs the pastor that D is a registered sex offender. Church leaders are unsure whether to exclude D from church services and activities, or to allow him to attend.
• Example. A denomination ordains ministers. It receives an application for ordination from a person who previously was on a sex offender registry. Denominational officials are unsure how to evaluate the applicant's fitness for ministry.
• Example. A denomination ordains ministers. Ten years ago, it ordained Pastor B. This year, it received a complaint from an adult woman that she was sexually molested by Pastor B when she was a minor, and before Pastor B was ...