In February of this year, Congress passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, which may impact churches and ministers. In most states, ministers are considered “mandatory reporters,” meaning that they must report actual or suspected child abuse to the proper authorities. Failure to report may result in criminal penalties including fines and prison sentences, which vary by state. It is vital that churches and ministers know the requirements for their state and abide by them. Consult with legal counsel in your state for clarification. You can find several good resources on child protection at Church Law & Tax: http://store.churchlawtodaystore.com/childrenyouth.html.
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Kids need to know Jesus – they need to know for themselves if he is real. They have real questions that deserve real answers. They also need to know how to defend their faith and how to share the good news. Answers in Genesis is an “apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.” And guess what? They have a Vacation Bible School designed to teach kids about Jesus’ existence from eternity past to eternity future.
I encourage you to watch this six-minute video introduction to Time Lab by Answers in Genesis.
Teaching is one of God’s most powerful tools in the church. Imagine if every teacher was ignited with passion, armed with knowledge and causing their students to learn at each and every gathering. This article, published by Christianity Today, is brimming with insight and practical advice to that end. I urge you to read it in its entirely and see what points of application you can find for your church.