Rev. Joy Thornburg Melton, J.D., is the chief resource officer of The United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust. She is the author of the ""Safe Sanctuaries"" series of books and resources published by Discipleship Resources. Rev. Melton is a recognized national leader in the area of development of ministry protection and abuse prevention policies. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, Scarritt College, and Emory University School of Law, she is uniquely qualified to understand both the legal and ecclesial issues involved with cases of abuse within the church.
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Santuarios seguros

Prevencíon del abuso infantil y juvenil en la iglesia  
Joy Thornburg Melton
Esta traducción es una combinación de los libros Safe Sanctuaries (Santuarios seguros) y Safe Sanctuaries for Youth (Santuarios seguros para jóvenes). Este recurso está diseñado para líderes (hombres y mujeres) en congregaciones y comunidades de fe de habla hispana: pastores, misioneros, personas laicas, maestros de educación cristiana, maestros de la escuela dominical, y directores de ministerios ofrecidos durante la semana.

Santuarios seguros

Prevencíon del abuso infantil y juvenil en la iglesia  
Joy Thornburg Melton
Esta traducción es una combinación de los libros Safe Sanctuaries (Santuarios seguros) y Safe Sanctuaries for Youth (Santuarios seguros para jóvenes). Este recurso está diseñado para líderes (hombres y mujeres) en congregaciones y comunidades de fe de habla hispana: pastores, misioneros, personas laicas, maestros de educación cristiana, maestros de la escuela dominical, y directores de ministerios ofrecidos durante la semana.

Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World

Joy Thornburg Melton, Michelle L. Foster
Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World, the latest addition to the Safe Sanctuaries series, addresses the challenges of ministry that have arisen in the face of rapidly changing technology, sometimes referred to as the digital age. Technology now pervades our lives on almost every level; it is nearly inescapable and, as Melton and Foster point out, easily accessible and increasingly user-friendly and intuitive, streamlining the way we work and interact with one another and the world around us. S...

Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World

Joy Thornburg Melton, Michelle L. Foster
Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World, the latest addition to the Safe Sanctuaries series, addresses the challenges of ministry that have arisen in the face of rapidly changing technology, sometimes referred to as the digital age. Technology now pervades our lives on almost every level; it is nearly inescapable and, as Melton and Foster point out, easily accessible and increasingly user-friendly and intuitive, streamlining the way we work and interact with one another and the world around us. S...

Safe Sanctuaries - Older Adults

The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults  
Richard H. Gentzler Jr., Joy Thornburg Melton
Have you ever thought of older adults in your church as being vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, or neglect? The statistics are sobering. According to the AARP Bulletin, each year 1 in 7 older Americans is victimized physically, emotionally, or financially. But many cases of elder abuse go unreported. Elder abuse can happen to any older person—someone in your church, your neighbor, your loved one, even yourself—and anywhere. No church is immune from this reality. Don't let your church be part...

Safe Sanctuaries for Ministers

Best Practices and Ethical Decisions  
Joy Thornburg Melton
As an attorney, Joy Thornburg Melton understands the need to educate clergy concerning basics of ethical practice within their particular leadership role in the church. She also wants to help clergy become aware of the potential traps they face: isolation, improper self-care, and lack of accountability. Safe Sanctuaries for Ministers explores three large areas of special concern to clergy: Counseling and the potential improprieties within the counseling relationship Finances and the potenti...

Safe Sanctuaries

Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth  
Joy Thornburg Melton
The Only Resource of Its Kind Is Now Two Bestsellers in One! Tragically, churches have not always been safe places for children or youth or vulnerable adults. With this in mind, attorney, pastor, and author Melton outlines a process for developing policies and procedures to recognize and reduce the risk of abuse in the church. Safe Sanctuaries combines and expands information from two of her earlier groundbreaking books, which focused, separately, on children and teens. "Safe Sanctuaries is t...

Safe Sanctuaries for Children and Youth DVD

Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church  
Joy Thornburg Melton
Following up on her two bestselling Safe Sanctuaries manuals (Children and Youth), Melton now brings you a DVD to use in training and in raising awareness in your local congregation. The key segments address the "Why" and "How" of developing and implementing a policy to reduce the risk of abuse in your church, and provide necessary forms to use in the process. Also includes an interview with Joy and real-life stories from diverse congregations.