Q&A
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Using a Background Check Service

How does your church handle the background check aspect of Safe Church policy?

Safe Church
Resource
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Background Check Resources

The following organizations have been successfully used by CRC congregations and ministries to help secure background checks. 

Safe Church
Q&A
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Questions on Implementing 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.

Church Admin & Finance
Policy or Guidelines
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Requiring Background Checks for Volunteers

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.

Church Admin & Finance
Blog
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Background Checks for Volunteers?

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?

Global Mission
Q&A
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Background Checks for VBS Volunteers?

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? 

VBS
Blog
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Check Out the Music

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"?

Elders
Form or Template
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Screening with Criminal Record Check

This document is a sample of the screening policy at  a church for volunteers working with minors.

Church Admin & Finance
Blog
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Background Screening: an Important Safety Measure

Because no screening can perfectly predict behavior, policies must also be in place and must be followed that limit risks for abuse.

Safe Church
Q&A
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Is it necessary to repeat background checks every three years if you're in the same church doing the same work?

In our jurisdiction, background checks cost money. Many men are having to submit to an additional level of background check involving fingerprints because their birthdays are the same as a pardoned sex offender. This is an additional cost. The police do not hold on to the information, so if the insurance company requires new background checks every three years, the costs will be repeated.
Safe Church
Discussion Topic
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New service background images for the series "Ruth: Under the Bethlehem Star"

The worship series "Under the Bethlehem Star" ( www.reformedworship.org/article/september-2011/under-bethlehem-star ) featured in the September, 2011 'Reformed Worship' demonstrates again how durable and consistent the story of salvation is. The themes chosen to represent the four chapters of Ruth - hope, peace, joy and love - describe a dynamic that is at work in many stories, the whole Gospel and also our own worship service from week to week. This scheme, which is used here to bring Advent to life, clearly meshes with the usual worship framework of confession (hope), assurance (peace),...
Worship
Policy or Guidelines
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Safety Monitor Guidelines

The Safety Monitor policy and guidelines cover the duties and expectations of safety monitoring.
Church Admin & Finance
Policy or Guidelines
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Volunteer Ministry Covenant

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.

Church Admin & FinancePastors
Q&A
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Where can I find a sample policy regarding ministry standards and expectations for volunteers?

I am looking for a good sample policy for church volunteers that will set lifestyle and behavioral standards for our church ministries. Some things that I would want to include would be: membership in the church and active involvement in worship, moral standards, commitment to healthy communication, agreement to background checks, etc. Does anyone have a good sample policy listing the standards and expectations for ministry volunteers? Many thanks in advance.
Church Admin & Finance
Blog
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VBS? Make Safety Part of the Plan!

"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.

Safe Church
Blog
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Safe Church Guiding Goals

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
Resource
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Creating a Safe Church Policy

Safe church policies help protect the most vulnerable among us, especially our children from the devastating effects of abuse.

Safe Church
Blog
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Protecting Children

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. 

Safe Church
Article
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How to Choose a Bible Study

How do you choose a Bible study? Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you through the process.

Youth Ministry
Job Description
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Church Administrator Job Description (2)

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.

Church Admin & FinancePastors
Blog
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You Have to Start Somewhere

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.

Disability Concerns
Conference or Event
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Legacy Muslim Ministry Conference

Legacy Muslim Ministry Conference June 23-24 in Grand Rapids ...Salvation Revealed, God's Surprise to the Nations...Isaiah 65:1-3

Muslim Ministry
Job Description
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Job Descriptions for Elders and Deacons

View sample job descriptions for elders and deacons that can be modified to suit the specific needs, priorities and circumstances within your congregation.

DeaconsElders
Job Description
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A Deacon Job Description

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.

Deacons
Webinar Recording
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churchINcomplete: Working Toward Solving the Generational Hole

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.

Faith NurtureYoung Adults

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