Make sure your ministry is safe and that you're protected so you never have to be the one who didn't take safety seriously until something serious happened. Youth ministry veteran Jack Crabtree spells it all out for you right here; from van safety, sports, trips, sexual misconduct. Includes a CD with legal forms and more.
Most youth workers will admit that they dont spend a lot of time thinking about safety in their youth ministry. Sure, they shout, Seat belts! when the crew loads into the van, or they use the buddy system when at theme parks. But beyond that, theyre mostly concerned with introducing students to Jesus. Nothings wrong with looking after their spiritual well-being, but overlooking their safety can lead to pain and problems for you, your students, your church, or your community. The reality is, whether its a game of dodgeball in the church gym, or a rock climbing trip during a summer retreat, you have precious cargo in your care, and its your responsibility to make sure they return home safely and in one piece. Better Safe Than Sued is an essential guidebook for anyone in youth ministrypaid or volunteer, veteran or rookie. Along with questions to get you thinking about your own ministry context after each chapter, inside youll discover how you can make your ministry a safe place for students and leaders as you read about: Safety while riding in buses, vans, and cars Camps, retreats, and conferences Selecting staff Avoiding sexual misconduct Establishing a No-Bully Zone How to handle injuries, and much more Make sure your ministry is safe and that youre protected so you never have to be the one saying, I never took safety seriously until
For more than 35 years, Jack Crabtree has been working with young people and youth leaders on Long Island with Youth for Christ. He loves ministry settings where kids are engaged and honest, and he hates visiting hospital emergency rooms. Jack is married to Becky (his high school sweetheart) and is the father of two grown sons and a daughter-in-law. He also enjoys his precious new granddaughter - Jack prays that her future youth leader will read this book.