Relationships are the foundation of Christian ministry and central to the life of the church. When Jesus said, “Let the little children come,” we are confident that they, along with crowds and others close to him, felt included, unafraid, and transformed in God’s love. In The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, we pledge by our baptismal vows to “…strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being”.
Relationships in ministry should be experienced as caring and without intention to harm or allow harm to occur. Whether you are a lay eucharistic visitor, teacher, or rector of the parish, your desire to care for others puts you in situations requiring awareness and practice of healthy boundaries.
Training resources are now available to help clergy, lay employees, vestry members, teachers, and other volunteers understand their responsibility to protect children, elders, and other dependent persons. Think of “safeguarding” as a foundation for doing ministry.
It’s now the policy of the diocese that anyone can take Safeguarding classes online, whether or not they have attended an in-person class. To access the Safeguarding Online courses, you will need to have a user name. Contact the diocesan office if you are unsure whether you have a user name yet or not.
Safe Church Policy in the Diocese of Fort Worth
For more information, contact the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner through the diocesan office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-534-1900.