I think of it as adding what you know to what you think. At the intersection of being concerned when a registered sex offender attends worship and knowing all are children of God, expertise can inform moves congregational leadership does and does not make. Do nothing? Total exclusion? Conditional agreements?
The “Integrating Sex Offenders into Faith Communities” webinar was first hosted by Christianity Today on Aug. 22, but the presentation by Richard Hammar and Marian Liautaud is now viewable from an archive. Go to https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/260317719, where basic registration will be completed to proceed.
A description of the companion e-book reads:
Churches are supposed to be places of grace. But when a registered sex offender wants to attend, what steps should be taken for the safety of the congregation? In this eBook, church safety experts Richard Hammar and Marian Liautaud share best practices to both welcome the offender and protect the vulnerable.
Lots to learn in this presentation, right through to the questions and answers contributed at the end of the online hour. Case studies and a sample church policy are among downloads being added to YourChurchResources.com as an outgrowth of the webinar.