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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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What Would You Do?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Imagine this scenario: It’s the end of a night of volunteering with youth, and you are busy cleaning up outside while youth are wrapping up indoor activities. When you go back into the building to lock up, you notice one youth still there—and everyone else has gone home. The teen has his cell phone in […]

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What You Should Know About Mandatory Reporting

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

If you’ve taken the Safe Gatherings training, you’re familiar with the term “mandatory reporting.” You might be in a position at your school, church, or organization that designates you as a mandatory reporter, and maybe you’ve reported abuse in the past. But many people are unsure about mandatory reporting. Who is required to report? Does […]

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Admin Tip

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Have long lists of applicants in the Safe Gatherings system and someone you can’t find? We have added a new feature for administrators to help in this process! Previously, it was possible to sort applicants by first name only. This is manageable for a short list of applicants, but many groups have dozens, or even […]

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Eyes Wide Open

Monday, January 29th, 2018

When an abuse situation becomes breaking news, it is often accompanied by interviews with neighbors, family, friends, or others in the community who “wish they would have said something,” or saw the signs but, “weren’t sure,” and didn’t want to violate anyone’s privacy. Sometimes, people knew something was “off,” but failed to say anything. Such […]

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