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Staying Safe on International Mission Trips

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Mission trips are one of the most rewarding acts of service that a church or faith-based organization can provide to others. Organizations frequently make mission trips abroad to share the gospel, deliver items like clothes and food to those in need, administer medical and dental care, assist in construction of churches or schools, or to […]

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What Would You Do?

Monday, July 29th, 2019

You are a volunteer in the youth area of your organization and also the mother of one of the youth. Your teenager tells you she saw the youth pastor at the mall alone with one of the teens in her Bible study. What do you do? While it would be easy for you to overlook […]

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5 Tips to Encourage Kindness

Monday, July 29th, 2019

It’s been said that kindness is contagious. If that’s true, then how do we make sure our children and the young people we work with catch the kindness bug? There are ways to foster kind behavior in children. Here are five tips on how you can encourage children to be kind to others: Teach empathy. […]

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Admin Tip

Monday, July 29th, 2019

In our ongoing effort to simplify processes for account administrators, Safe Gatherings provides you the ability to update the primary contact on your account. (The primary contact is usually the pastor or senior pastor, not the account administrator.) With many pastors taking on new appointments at this time of year, you can make sure your […]

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7 Tips for a Successful Vacation Bible School

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

For many children and youth, Vacation Bible School (VBS) represents the most wonderful time of the summer! That exciting week where they can make new friends and grow closer to God. And while it’s a week full of fun activities, in reality, it takes a lot of hard work and preparation to pull off a […]

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What Would You Do?

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Imagine this scenario: You are the children’s ministry director and it’s Thursday morning before a very busy church weekend. You check your volunteer schedule and realize that one of your volunteers, Margaret, who is scheduled to work the church nursery on Sunday, hasn’t received her Safe Gatherings approval. Margaret started her application two weeks ago […]

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Suicidal Teens: Know the Warning Signs

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

When most of us think of the teenage years, we envision a carefree time filled with friends and lots of laughter. But for many of today’s teens, those carefree, laughter-filled days are replaced with an overwhelming sense of sadness. The reality is that teen depression and anxiety are on the rise. Even more disturbing is […]

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Admin Tip

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Safe Gatherings has exciting news to share that is designed to make life easier for all admins! Our new Applicant Status Report allows you to view all pending and approved applicants on one screen. For pending applicants, you will see what is completed and what remains to be done. For your approved applicants, you will […]

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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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