Help Make Your Ministry a Safe Place for Children

kids4minsafeSexual abuse of children is a “quiet” epidemic that is only occasionally brought to light when a sensational news story hits the press. Statistics suggest that 1 in every 4 girls and 1 in every 6 boys in the United States are sexually molested before the age of 18. Ninety percent of the time, they are molested by someone they know and trust.

The LCMS Office of National Mission and the Ohio District LCMS take the safety of children seriously. That’s why we are partnering with MinistrySafe to better educate and equip the workers in our congregations and schools to recognize the signs of child sexual abuse and to better understand the tendencies of child predators — all at no cost to our congregations and schools. You can immediately roll out the MinistrySafe Sexual Abuse Awareness program among your staff.

We want every staff person in every congregation and school in the Ohio District to commit to helping protect the children and ministries entrusted to your care.

To learn more about MinistrySafe, watch a short video at ministrysafe.com/the-risk/. To start the training, go to ministrysafe.com/lcms/.

Please contact Kevin Creutz, Superintendent of Schools at the Ohio District LCMS if you have any questions regarding Ohio-specific laws governing some of the matters covered in the training and informational materials (ie. background check rules, mandatory reporting, hiring candidates with prior convictions, etc.).

Kevin Creutz
creutzk@oh.lcms.org
440.235.2297 X-114

 

Please note: The information and template offered by the LCMS Office of National Mission is not intended to provide specific legal advice. This material is provided for informational purposes only. You are encouraged to contact your legal advisor, insurance provider and other experts to determine what policies and procedures best fit your congregation or school situation. No endorsement of the MinistrySafe program in these materials is implied or intended and neither the LCMS nor the Ohio District, guarantees or warrants that sexual abuse will not happen, even if an entity decides to utilize the offered resources of the MinistrySafe program.