Giving an illusion of safety by having a Church Safety Policy when in reality you do little to follow through on the particulars of it should be seen as a lack of integrity. To say you are going to provide for the security of your people and then not do it is dishonest and not very Christ-like. Jesus was clear that when we make promises, we should follow through (Matt. 5:33-37) with what we vowed to do.
To do the best job of keeping people safe, we must be consistent and reliable. We need to follow through on established policies. Good intentions aren’t good enough.
The following failures to follow through undermine your integrity:
Fail to train teachers and other ministry workers in safety.
How are you going to keep people safe in the various ministries if those in charge don’t know what they should be doing to provide a safe environment?
Fail to provide resources needed for the safety team to effectively do their job.
How is the team supposed to respond efficiently and timely if they don’t have the means to do so?
Fail to hold people accountable when they violate a safety policy.
How are you going to get people to correct their ways if there are no consequences?
Fail to follow through when someone reports an incidence.
How are you going to motivate people to report incidences if they know it won’t make a difference?
Fail to wait until a background check is completed to allow someone to serve.
How are you going to explain away your liability if you got impatient with the process?
Fail to hold everyone to the same standards.
How are people going to view your practices as fair if you make exceptions?
Fail to update the policy on regular basis to keep up with current needs.
How are going to deal with new issues if your policy does not account for it?
How can people rely on you to keep them safe if you fail to consistently follow through? If you break their trust in this, can they depend on you in other areas? Even when it comes to tending to church safety issues, let’s join Paul in saying,
Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. (2 Cor. 1:12)