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Sexual offenders and ministry [POLL VOTE]

One Wisconsin church has recently begun holding biweekly church “adults only” services, in part as a way to allow convicted sex offenders to “worship”.

The church’s pastor said, “Through our work with prisoners we realized that there might be a need for a service of this kind because many sex offenders cannot for legal reason or should not for therapeutic reasons attend worship service when children are present.” [source]

As more and more sexual offenders are returning to seek a place in the church,  questions about re-admission and ethics must be discussed and written into policy for the church. But RCA would like to know your opinion on the matter. Please respond to the following polls with your vote.

A. If a person is convicted of a sexual crime (rape, molestation, assault, etc) and placed on a sexual offender registry [example] by a law enforcement agency, how long do you think it should be, after fulfilling their conviction requirements, before they are allowed to hold a “ministry” office (pastor, elder, evangelist, bishop, etc)?

B. If the offender’s victim is a child, and placed on a sexual offender list, how long do you think it should be, after fulfilling their conviction requirements, before they are allowed to hold a “ministry” office (pastor, elder, evangelist, bishop, etc?

C. If the offender is on the sexual offender registry for life, should they ever be allowed to hold a ministry office?

D. If the offender is on a sexual offender registry for life for sexual crimes against children, but allowed to hold a ministry office, should prospective members of a church be informed of the offender’s presence in the church?

If you have additional questions or comments, use the post comment section.

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  1. R.E. Stidham
    March 25, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I don’t think you can set a time limit on when someone can work in ministry. You can however prevent their access in the area of their temptation. Without insight, or as we say discernment, we are just guessing. As the Word says,” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV). Any leader/pastor should ask GOD and wait for an answer before he puts anyone into a ministry position period. “Do what GOD say, leave the consequences to him” (Charles Stanley).

  2. R.E. Stidham
    March 25, 2012 at 3:20 am

    We are also admonished to “lay hands suddenly on no man”.

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