Our safeguarding policy at the potters house church Worcester is as follows:
As part of its mission, the Church is committed to:
The Church leadership recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children and young people as enshrined in the children's Act 1989.
It also acknowledges that children and young people can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect.
The Church leadership has therefore adopted the procedures set out in our policy which recognises the need to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary child protection agencies.
Our Church is a member of the CCPAS (Policy no 3411) and have been members since 2005.
Our policy and guidelines are based on the model published by the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) and prepared in consultation with the local authorities.
The Church leadership undertakes to file a copy of the policy and practice guidelines with CCPAS and social services, and any amendments subsequently published.
The Church leadership is committed to on-going child protection training for all children/youth workers and will regularly review the operational guidelines.
The Church leadership also undertakes to follow the principles found within the Abuse of Trust guidance issued by the Home Office and it is therefore unacceptable for those in a position of trust to engage in any
behaviour, which might allow a sexual relationship to develop for as long as the relationship of trust continues.
The following policy was agreed by The Church leadership, for service/ events on Sundays & Wednesdays (and any other service time for revival services, conference etc.)
This is a Policy Concerning Pastoral Moral Integrity:
We believe that a Pastor is to represent God to the congregation and community with the highest standard of integrity, and his actions should be blameless (1 Timothy 3:2) and his actions should be such that he has a good report with people, both within and without the congregation (1 Timothy 3:7).
We also believe that the Pastor is a Shepherd of the congregation, and his highest duty should be to care for, and protect the flock (1 Peter 5:2).
These dual Biblical requirements are to be demonstrated in our relations with the opposite sex, and in the area of sexuality in general. God demands purity of all believers, and Pastors are held to a higher standard (James 3:1), so as to not cause anyone to stumble.
If a Pastor falls into any form of sexual sin, or damages his testimony morally, he is liable for immediate removal from the ministry.
They can question him to determine his fitness to return to ministry, and make any recommendations of how soon/what capacity he is able to serve in.
7. As the Bible holds up a Pastor’s marriage as a basic requirement of ministry (1 Timothy 3:1-13), any violations by the Pastor’s wife in the area of sexual communication or contact (as discussed above) will disqualify the couple from Pastoral ministry.
The terms of discipline (described above) would then be in effect.