Letters to the Editor (December 2015)

Vigilance against child abuse

I just read the November Reporter article about the Workshop on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse and want to share my experience in becoming more vigilant against and aware of child abuse through our process here at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and School.

When I moved here in 2009 I was first introduced to the congregation’s “Safe-guarding Our Children” policy and screening.

Because we have a school, preschool and active youth/family ministry, the congregation some years ago adopted the policy to better screen volunteers and workers as well as keep us up to date on child-abuse reporting procedures.

I quickly realized the importance of churches being more vigilant in this area.

Children, families, workers and churches are being hurt — not only by the sinful behavior but also by the litigation that follows.

Many churches turn a blind eye to better awareness of this because of the time involved in screening and waiting for volunteers, money needed for background checks and an overall apathy.

The church has slumbered for far too long. We need to be above reproach, wise as serpents and innocent as doves. I know that even with our best vigilance there will still be sin to contend with, but we want to do what is best — not just for our church organizations, but also for those potential victims in our midst. Wouldn’t an ounce of prevention serve them better than hours of counseling afterward?

Rev. Greg Zillinger, Centennial, Colo.

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Posted Dec. 1, 2015

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