Dove's Nest mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children." (Luke 18:16 NLT).
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A child and youth protection policy in a faith community helps to ensure safety for children and youth. Dove's Nest recommends that every faith community develop and implement a policy suited to its context.
Does your church have a plan for responding to disruptions during worship? How would you keep children and youth safe during such a disruption? See the plan of Faith Mennonite Church in Minneapolis.
Circle of Grace,
a Christian safe environment curriculum that helps to form and educate
children and youth about the value of positive relationships with God
Dove's Nest now has 501(c)(3) status!
This means we can offer tax-deductible receipts for donations and can write for grants.
Let the Children Come: Preparing Faith Communities to End Child Abuse and Neglect. Herald Press. In the context of the Bible and faith, this book helps Christians learn about their role in ending child abuse and neglect in all communities: church, home, extended family, neighborhood, school, work.
- "Child Protection Practices in Mennonite Church USA Congregations" by Jeanette Harder and Kristina Haynie, Journal of Social Service Research, 39 (2012).
- Preventing child abuse and neglect through church and social service collaboration by Erin O'Neill, Jodi Gabel, Stephanie Huckins, and Jeanette Harder. Published in Social Work & Christianity, 37, 381-406 (2010).
- Jeanette Harder talking about her book and the work of Dove's Nest
Learn more about Mennonite Church USA.
Find out more about Dove's Nest's activities and seminars at the
upcoming Mennonite Church USA Convention [click here]
Download Our New Brochure! [click here]
Mennonite Church USA Executive Board Approves
"Protecting and Nurturing Our Children and Youth" Resolution [read more]
View the Resolution [here]
Our sincere thanks to Cynthia Coyle for the creation of our logo.