By Dianne Klafehn

Q. What is Cherish All Children?
A. Cherish All Children is a national Lutheran ministry which equips congregations to prevent child sexual exploitation. The heart of this ministry lies in congregations, where staff, leaders, and members pray, educate, build relationships, and act on behalf of children within and outside their congregations.

Q. What do we have to do to establish a Cherish All Children ministry in our Congregation?
A. There is no set process. You are free to participate in any or all components of the ministry. You could start with prayer or action or you could start all components at once. Your congregation is unique and you are better suited to determine the timing, process and outcomes that will work best for your congregation. Many churches have established polices to protect the children in their congregation and we applaud them for doing so. Contact Dianne Klafehn, Cherish All Children Synod Leader for the Upstate New York Synod and we will explore together how best your congregation can implement the components of Cherish All Children. 315.216.4416 or  madmim4@yahoo.com.