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Admin Tip

Monday, January 28th, 2019

You already know that Safe Gatherings sends out monthly reminders about individuals in your organization that have approvals expiring at the end of the month. But you may not know that as an account administrator, you can run the expiration report for individuals anytime, for any period of time. Just click on the Expiration Report […]

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What Would You Do?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Gail is an 82-year-old volunteer at your church. She’s always been upbeat and independent. Her husband recently died, and she now lives with her adult son. As a member of the church staff who has known Gail for years, you start to notice changes in her. Her attendance at church events has gone down and […]

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Silent Victims: Would You be Able to Spot a Victim of Sex Trafficking?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

It can be an uncomfortable topic to talk about, but with the rise in media attention about sex trafficking in recent years, it’s important for church leaders to make their staff and volunteers aware of the seriousness of this issue. Sex trafficking is the practice of illegally transporting people from one location to another for […]

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Northern Illinois UMC Conference Recognizes Churches

Monday, December 17th, 2018

In its newsletter last week, the Northern Illinois Conference recognized its member churches who met the criteria to receive window clings from Safe Gatherings. The window clings represent those churches and organizations who were strongly committed to the Safe Gatherings program. To view the newsletter article, click here.

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Rio Texas Honors Churches with Window Cling

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Recently, the Rio Texas UMC Conference recognized its member churches who were given window clings from Safe Gatherings to honor their participation in the program. As a valuable partner, Rio Texas is committed to protecting the vulnerable, and we thank them for these efforts. To view the newsletter, click here.

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Safe Gatherings Tip

Friday, October 19th, 2018

You run into Janice in the lobby on Sunday. She says she has started a Safe Gatherings application and wants to know whether she will be approved soon. Later, you check your reports and don’t see her on the approved or expired report. Where do you find her? Answer: Look at the pending report on […]

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4 Ways to Find (and Keep) Good Volunteers

Friday, October 19th, 2018

If you work or volunteer at a large organization where volunteers are lining up at the door to serve, congratulations, and this article is probably not for you. But if you are like most churches and faith-based organizations, you know that volunteers can be hard to come by. Coupled with that, it can be extremely […]

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What Would You Do?

Friday, October 19th, 2018

You work in the office part-time at your church in the evenings and often there are youth events happening after regular hours. Your work area is in a position to see the assistant youth pastor’s office. Sometimes, he is with young people alone. On more than one occasion, you’ve seen him “counseling” with a youth […]

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Who Needs Training? NOT ME!

Friday, October 19th, 2018

“Why do I, a respected member of this organization, need training about protecting children? I’ve been working around kids for 15 years!” You have probably heard this in your church or organization many times. Or maybe you’ve said it a couple of times yourself. As a leader, you are trying to encourage best practices and […]

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What Would You Do?

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Imagine this scenario: The church where you work is expanding, and they are considering moving the children and youth ministry to other areas within the large facility. The good news is that the growing ministry will now have bigger classrooms, more space, and separate restroom areas. However, the new space is in a basement area […]

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Let’s Get Social … or Not!

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instant Messenger … the social media options are endless and constantly evolving. Not only do children and teenagers have more access to technology than ever before, but also you can bet that many of your staff and volunteers spend a fair amount of time on social media. Social media can be positive […]

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You Can Make a Difference

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

If you’ve ever worked or volunteered with children or youth, you know the job is not just about teaching, childcare, or giving parents a break. Unfortunately for many children, school or church is the only place they get a good meal or even a snack. Though staff and volunteers may be unaware, this may be […]

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