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At My Church, I Can’t Even Be Alone in a HALLWAY with a Child,
September 28, 2016
Readers — Have you heard of this program? Is there a way to counter its draconian decrees?
Dear Free-Range Kids: I have been a volunteer for many years at my church, but now we have a new pastor, and he brought with him this child care worker training program called “MinistrySafe.” While it is just a set of online videos, and the church is paying for it, it is filled with nonsense statistics about stranger danger.
All this seems like the “stranger danger” nonsense that my own generation had to grow up with. It’s no wonder Gen-X is so distrusting of other people, that is what we were taught! It took me many years to get over that damaging influence, and here we are doing it all over again to another innocent generation. I’ve been serving for years, but this program has already resulted in changes in policy that I find offensive. As a male, I can no longer be in the *hallway* with a child alone; much less escort a gaggle of 4 year old boys to the restrooms. As long as I have been doing this, suddenly I, and every other male volunteer, is a potential sexual predator. And this all smells like a sham of a company selling fear to churches.
Do you know anything about this group? – Volunteering While Male
While I don’t know of that group per se, I do hear from church volunteers who are fed up with this presumption of guilt that nothing can counter. The idea of not even being allowed to be alone in a HALLWAY with a kid strikes me as one of the most bizarre and sick things I’ve ever heard. So not only is every adult a predator, but every area of every building where kids are present is presumed to be the site of a crime scene, unless drastic measures are taken.