One of the areas of the church that generates the most liability for churches is student ministry. First, they like to do crazy stupid stuff sometimes. Ropes courses without ropes, lake days with students flying through the air off a tube at 40 miles per hour, food fights with full cans of food, firework wars - I've seen all of this stuff. However, students bring a lot into the church in a very real spiritual battle over that teenager's life. Sexting of child pornography, bullying, volunteers engaged in sexual contact with students, pornography use, abuse and mandatory reporting, and more.
Here are the high points of our discussion with Chris Roller:
- Sexting literally brings child pornography into the church.
- Bullying creates legal liabilities not only for the bully, but possibly for the church as well.
- Properly vetting volunteers will continue to be an enormously necessary task.
- As abuse increases, so will the need for pastors and student leaders to understand the mandatory reporting laws in their state.
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