“We do not encourage or allow leaders to spend time alone with a member of the opposite sex [in whatever place]”

I cringe when I read in a youth ministry leader recruitment list,

“we do not encourage or allow leaders to spend time alone with a member of the opposite sex [in whatever place]“.

The reason for my cringing? It’s naive and irresponsible to think that abuse, in whatever form, is limited or reserved to members of the opposite sex by adult leaders. Read any news paper or tabloid and I’m sure you will agree that abuse and abuser is no respecter of gender, age, or relationship.

Why do churches and youth ministries then continue to create and enforce policies that are so out of touch with cultural realities?

Just a thought…

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