Pastor, Church & Law
Key point 10-12.1. Churches can reduce the risk of liability associated with pastoral or lay counseling by adopting risk management policies and procedures.
Churches can implement a number of risk management strategies to reduce the risk of liability associated with pastoral or lay counseling. These include the following:
1. Reducing the Risk of Sexual Misconduct and False Accusations
Churches have adopted a number of precautions to reduce the risk of sexual misconduct by pastoral and lay counselors. These precautions also reduce the risk associated with false accusations. Consider the following:
(1) The "third person" rule
One effective way to deal with these risks is to adopt a policy prohibiting any male minister or counselor on staff from counseling ...
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