Tim: not to put too fine a line on it, but if it ain’t written, it’s not a policy… just a practice. I believe this is a policy — specifically, that it’s in the new Bishop’s handbook ( released 3 or 4 months back ).
I haven’t seen the new handbook, so I can’t know for sure. However, I have not seen this enforced anytime recently.]]>
Any child abuse is bad and we should take REASONABLE steps to reduce or eliminate it. I’m just not sure that the panic mode we operate under now days works.
We make staffing more difficult if not impossible and we keep people out of SS, RS, and PH, where they should be fellowshipping, learning, and strengthening their testimonies.]]>
I personally love team teaching. We have a large class and one of us can keep kids in line while the other teaches. And we only have to teach every second week.
That said, I hate the fact that we have to live in a society where we have to worry about these things. Unfortunately we do, and our church is not immune from the problem.]]>
I don’t think it necessary to have a companion when teaching anyone other than children.]]>
Personally I’m not sure that child abuse is any more prominent or common today than it was in the 1950s. We’re just more scared of it today.]]>