How does your church handle the background check aspect of Safe Church policy?
The following organizations have been successfully used by CRC congregations and ministries to help secure background checks.
Our church is beginning the transition to implementing background checks. We are running into several snags and would love the input and experience of others.
If your congregation is still wrestling with the question of whether or not to require background checks, here are a few guidelines to help you through the evaluation process.
Christian Reformed World Missions office staff are working with hundreds of volunteers. One of the issues we have faced recently is getting background checks for volunteers to check for any history of criminal activity or abuse. Do you think this is a good practice, or not?
We are wondering how other churches handle VBS volunteers. Should we just use church members, or accept the help of parents, etc. Their help would be welcome, but would they need background checks?
This past week I questioned the content of one of the “praise songs” sung at the church I attended. Perhaps I am wrong but I ask you as reader to give me some advice. Is God "untameable"?
This document is a sample of the screening policy at a church for volunteers working with minors.
Because no screening can perfectly predict behavior, policies must also be in place and must be followed that limit risks for abuse.
Is it necessary to repeat background checks every three years if you're in the same church doing the same work?
Ministry leaders and volunteers agree to adhere to these standards. When these standards are violated they submit to correction and, if warranted, removal from leadership or service in that ministry.
"What could possibly happen when you combine a little glue and glitter along with energetic kids and well-meaning volunteers?" A bit of planning will ensure that the environment you provide is secure and safe for all of the children who attend your VBS.
There are many reasons to have safe church policies; for example, we want to provide a safe environment at church for faith to flourish. No one wants to believe that abuse could happen in church. The sad fact is that it does happen.
Safe church policies help protect the most vulnerable among us, especially our children from the devastating effects of abuse.
When we feel safe, we can be curious, learn, and grow—attributes that we especially want to foster in our children and youth. As faith communities, we need to invest time and resources into safety.
How do you choose a Bible study? Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you through the process.
This sample Church Administrator job description may serve as a sample for larger churches and provide understanding of tasks that need to be covered by volunteers in a smaller church.
At the weekend, the chairman led a team of volunteers and journalists to rescue the boy who had been tied and chained to his bed and locked up for 10 years. The rescue operation shocked neighbors, many of whom appeared not to have known that there was such a child in the home.
Legacy Muslim Ministry Conference June 23-24 in Grand Rapids ...Salvation Revealed, God's Surprise to the Nations...Isaiah 65:1-3
View sample job descriptions for elders and deacons that can be modified to suit the specific needs, priorities and circumstances within your congregation.
Here is an updated version of a job description for deacons in the CRC. Use it as a template and adapt it for the deacons from your congregation and to your setting.
Many churches are now dealing with the reality of losing the Millennial Generation for good. If that seems unacceptable to you and your church, then there may be some options to help your church become more relevant to this tough-to-define audience. But be warned, this webinar is not for the faint of heart.