"Sometimes as a church, we forget that kids have to go out into a world that's not kind," said Chad Poland, pastor of the First Congregational Church.
The association is a group where "like-minded pastors can meet," Poland
said.As such, it is not formally adopting the project.
"We want to raise awareness of the issue to arouse people from their complacency," Poland
"It's a whole world out there and there are people so adept at using it for their own purposes," Poland
Crouch's organization already had booked an Emporia appearance by one of the nation's top experts in the field, Craig E. Hill, former deputy chief of police for Leawood.
Since November 2005, Hill has been national director of crime prevention training for the National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children in Kansas City.He is a co-founder and former president of the Lost Child Network and was appointed to the first Kansas Attorney General's Task Force on Missing and Exploited Children.
A survey will be conducted after Hill's presentation to determine its effectiveness, Poland
said.A packet of information will be available to complement the denominational resources families can get from their churches and youth groups.
The program will not be appropriate for children, the men said, and no child care will be provided.
"It's something worth finding a baby sitter for," Poland