Sexual offenders and ministry [POLL VOTE]
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?
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