FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 29, 2020
Dear clergy and laity friends,
Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. you are invited to join Bishop Swanson and other conference leadership as we take some time to reflect upon our call to serve and shelter those who are most precious to us.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or iPhone one-tap :1-646-558-8656,
Webinar ID: 970 7182 6996
In addition, clergy will receive reminder information about clergy ethics training, and more information about MinistrySafe training.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
One of the beauties of our Gospel is the intentional care and compassion that is shown for those most vulnerable. In a world where even homes are not safe, the church should always be a haven and place of rest and security. Christ commands this of us. As clergy, part of our covenant as loving and shepherding servants is our commitment to ethical ministry, including our quadrennial ethics training. Now, we have been given another opportunity to affirm our commitment to “the least of them” as clergy, laity and congregations.
Last week senior pastors of congregations received information about MinistrySafe. This program provides training for all of those (clergy, staff, volunteers and leadership) to take a hard but vital look at ways in which we can safeguard our children and youth. This is important training and we want to give you every opportunity to take advantage of it and celebrate and edify your ministry.
Remember: only senior pastors of congregations will sign into the online dashboard for local churches and charges. After they complete their work, they will send the link to others in the congregation who need to complete the MinistrySafe training by watching the online videos. If you have any questions about logging into your church's dashboard or viewing the MinistrySafe training, please click here.
For congregations, who embrace this call by having all of their volunteers, staff and committees that oversee and support our ministries with young people complete the MinistrySafe training, we are creating the special designation as a Matthew 18:6 congregation. M18:6 congregations will be publicly recognized by the annual conference as churches who are committed to loving and protecting children, youth and vulnerable populations.