Resources to help local churches understand the need for Safe Sanctuaries policies and procedures for individuals in ministries with children, youth and vulnerable adults and help in drafting their own local church policies and procedures on sexual misconduct. Let us help your church create and implement Safe Sancuaries policies.
United Methodist Resources
Please also check the Dakotas Area Resource Library
Other helpful websites include
UM Sexual Ethics: The official United Methodist resource for information regarding sexual ethics
The General Board of Discipleship: Type in key words in the Search Box at the top of the site for faster location of specific resources
FaithTrust Institute: An international multi-faith training and education organization working to end sexual and domestic violence.
General Commission on the Status and Role of Women: Click under resources to go to above sexual ethics website
- Safe Sanctuaries - Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth – Joy Melton; Discipleship Resources; 2008. www.discipleshipresources.org
- Safe Sanctuaries for Ministers – Best Practices and Ethical Decisions - Joy Melton; Discipleship Resources; 2009.
- Safe Sanctuaries – The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults – Joy Melton; Discipleship Resources; 2012.
- Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations – A Resource for Leaders – Karen McClintock; The Alban Institute; 2004.
- Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World - Joy Melton and Michelle Foster; Discipleship Resources; 2014
- Healthy Disclosure – Solving Communication Quandaries in Congregations - Karen McClintock and Kibbie Ruth; The Alban Institute; 2007
National Sex Offender Public Registry
This website is provided as a public service by the U.S. Department of Justice. The public may search participating state public information regarding the presence or location of offenders, who, in most cases, have been convicted of sexually violent offenses against adults and children and certain sexual contact and other crimes against victims who are minors. This is an educational tool to learn about the possible presence of such offenders in their local communities.