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Admin Tip – Fall 2021

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Over the past few months, Safe Gatherings sent window clings to churches and organizations that met the criteria so far in 2021. We send these out each year to recognize those organizations that demonstrate a commitment to the Safe Gatherings program. When churches and organizations post the window clings on the windows and doors of […]

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What Would You Do? Fall 2021

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

You are volunteering in a children’s department at your organization, and you are supervising kids outside on the playground. A child approaches you and says his uncle has been hurting him. The child says his uncle told him it is a secret just between them, and the boy is afraid he will get in trouble […]

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Policy Matters

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

There are many areas in life where adults don’t need a written set of instructions on how to do something, or a set of rules or guidelines to review. We just know what to do—whether by experience or by instinct. The same does not hold true when it comes to a child protection policy at […]

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Why Not an $8 Background Check?

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Comparing the store brand with the name brand in a grocery store is a good use of time. The ingredient lists are often the same, despite one being a little more expensive. When it comes to background checks, though, it’s really important that you think about the phrase, “You get what you pay for.” In […]

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What Would You Do? Spring 2021

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

You are a leader in a children’s ministry and your current policy is that all staff, volunteers, and congregants wear protective masks during church activities because of COVID-19. This policy was communicated to all staff and volunteers and is posted on your church doors. You have a volunteer that refuses to wear a mask, saying […]

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Getting Back to It

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Over the past year of the pandemic, there has been great loss and suffering to many across the globe. It was a year of panic, anxiety and a range of other emotions for people of all ages. But in the midst of it all, many were hopeful, optimistic, steadfast and came together in ways they […]

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Admin Tip: Winter 2021

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

As churches across the country plan for reopening, what can you do to prepare? We have many helpful reports available on your dashboard. Check out the Applicant Status report. It provides a list of all who are approved and those pending. For those pending, this report lets you know which items are still needed. Another […]

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What Would You Do?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

You are a volunteer for a small organization. One day while volunteering in the children’s area, a man comes to pick up a child he says is his daughter. The girl runs to the door to greet the man; she is very excited to see him. However, the man did not drop her off before […]

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The FAQs About Mandatory Reporting

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

What is mandatory or mandated reporting? You may have taken training required by your state—or you may not be certain about mandatory reporting and how it might apply to you in your role at a church or organization. Regardless, if you work with children, youth or vulnerable adults, it is your responsibility to know how […]

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What Would You Do?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

You’ve been leading a children’s Bible study via Zoom for months now. One of the children who is on the call periodically is someone you have known for about a year from your in-person work at the church. A parent drops her off but doesn’t stay for services, and you suspect she has a rough […]

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Admin Tip – Fall 2020

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

We’ve added another easy payment option for your Safe Gatherings invoice. The new option is to pay via e-check. When you receive the invoice link each month, just enter your bank account routing number and account information, and we will use this to pay your invoice. You can also still pay via credit card (and […]

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Getting to “Yes!”

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Let’s face it: It’s always a challenge to find and retain volunteers to cover every aspect of your ministry. No matter how large or small, churches and organizations are always looking for people willing to donate their time to an area that needs it. An additional challenge over the past 6 months is COVID-19 and […]

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