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Ministry Response to Sexual Exploitation (81344-GM-NonDis-!)

Ministry Response to Sexual Exploitation

The General Conference hereby instructs the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), in consultation with the Women’s Division and other relevant United Methodist agencies and ministries, to over the course of the 2009-2012 quadrennium, establish a permanent denominational network of ministries with a well-organized long-range funding plan, for the purpose of holistically assisting women, men, and children in leaving prostitution or other forms of sexually exploitative work.  In doing so, the GBGM should seek opportunities to learn from and partner with already established Christian ministries doing similar work.  While this ministry should be extended to all without any religious discrimination, it should always include the option of Christian discipleship programming for those who are interested.  

Rationale

Commercial sexual exploitation is a serious problem around the world.  Christ’s followers should graciously embrace and intentionally assist those wanting to overcome the significant barriers to escaping such exploitation.  These people are certainly among the most vulnerable members of society to whom Christians must be in ministry.