I had a conversation recently with a colleague who has run into a challenging situation regarding youth and boundaries. Maybe you can help.
A young man, whose family attends the pastor's church, has recently begun attending again after a conviction for a sex offense. He is now a registered sexual offender and has been in counseling with the pastor. The pastor feels the young man is not a threat to the congregation and the young man has agreed to follow guidelines such as always having a chaperone when he is on church property and having no direct contact with the children or youth of the church. The congregation has appropriate boundary policies in place to make certain no youth or children are left alone with adults.
So here's the question: How much of this situation does the pastor share with his or her congregation? Who is in a "need to know" position regarding this young man's legal status? How would you communicate this information to those who will be affected by the young man's presence? Would your own church welcome such an individual? (Feel free to contact me email if you prefer more anonymity.)