Children are not the church of the future, they are the church of today. The Lord Jesus told us that unless we have the faith of a little child, we will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. But our children are also vulnerable. Lacking strength, awareness and knowledge, they may possibly be objects of abuse. Thus, it is imperative that our churches protect them while they are under our care.
As well, we must protect our workers. It is all too easy for an innocent action to be either misunderstood, or maliciously reinterpreted. Our workers need the security of knowing that they are in an environment where rules and procedures exclude any possibility of an erroneous accusation.
Thus, Plan to Protect brings a rigorous structure for a safe environment for both children, youth and workers. When used carefully and accurately, it will assist churches to be proactive in this important area of physical and emotional protection. It will liberate children, workers and parents to do the work of teaching our children the riches of the Gospel.
I commend those who have labored to bring this workbook to you, and I commend you for the work you will do to implement it. May the blessings of peace and safety be the harvest you reap from your labor.
Your very real friend,
Franklin Pyles, Former President
The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada
Dawson Creek Alliance Church S&RM Policy: