Our CM policies don’t exist
“We don’t have any safety or procedure policies; how do we create them?”
Creating policies and procedures “from scratch” can create significant “push back” from the CM team, the church leadership, and the parents. When designing and applying new policies and procedures you must prepare the people beforehand, strictly enforce the changes, while also being aware of necessary adjustments.
“To the pure, all things are pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure. Indeed, both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16They profess to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.” Titus 1: 15, 16
Some churches believe that “nothing bad will ever happen here.” The changes in today’s world is reducing the number of churches who hold to this dangerous belief. Today’s wise CM leaders plan for “the worst,” even before “the worst” happens. Planning for “the worst” will help you design policies and procedures that protect you, the CM team, the children, and the church. Spend some time brainstorming which dangers you want to prevent, then begin identifying how and where to build your protection. Today’s parents will choose to let you minister to their children ONLY if they see evidence that their children are protected. People will volunteer to join the CM team ONLY if they are convinced that they will be safe when ministering to the children. Even though you may receive some criticism from those on your CM team who resist change, you will most likely never hear complaints from the parents or the church attorney or insurance agent. For more help, click on the links below.