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Defining Two-Deep Leadership

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

If you’ve seen or heard about the movie “Spotlight,” you know it’s about the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalist team and its early-2000s expose of the clergy abuse cover-up in the Boston area and beyond. What it brings to the fore is the amount of unsupervised access that clergy had to children. Parents trusted church […]

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Bullying to the Next Level

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

When many people hear the word “hazing,” their minds often go straight to the college fraternity scenario. However, just as bullies aren’t limited to elementary school playgrounds, hazing isn’t limited to the university setting. Hazing happens at many different ages, in many different venues. Although it can be mistaken for bullying, hazing and the behaviors […]

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What Would You Do?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Imagine this scenario: You volunteer with 5-year-olds in the children’s Sunday school program at your church. One of your co-volunteers, Doug, gives children a “swat” when they are acting up. You mentioned to him that it isn’t a great idea, but Doug says he is just doing what he does with his own kids. Should […]

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Safe Gatherings Tip

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Speaking of two-deep leadership, do you have at least two people in your church who are authorized to administer the Safe Gatherings system? In the Safe Gatherings system, one person is designated as administrator of the system. Typically, the person listed is the senior pastor. However, the senior pastor often does not have the time […]

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It’s January 12: Do You Know Where Your Resolutions Are?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

It’s nearly the middle of January, can you believe it? Now that you’ve recovered from your shock of realizing that January is quickly slipping through your fingers, we want to know: What are you doing for child protection this year? What specific measures are you implementing to protect those vulnerable populations: children, youth, and vulnerable […]

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Enjoy the Holidays, But Keep Others in Mind

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The holidays are a time of family, gatherings, and great joy for many. But for others, this time of year can bring about feelings of sadness and isolation. These feelings may be because of a recent tragedy or a memory from long ago, or there may be ongoing family troubles. There are many people across […]

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Stay Positive!

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Do you find that there are weeks when it seems as if there is nothing positive happening in the world? Weeks when the news, social media, and the headlines are filled hourly with updates about extremely terrible situations? This week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., coupled with other natural disasters, violence, and abuse happening all over the world, made it […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from the staff at Safe Gatherings!

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Caring for the Elderly

Friday, November 13th, 2015

We must keep a watchful eye out for the elderly in our churches and communities, as many of them are not able to advocate for themselves. Here is an interesting article about the topic, which is not spoken about often enough!

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On a Mission

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

This past June, a federal jury convicted Matthew Lane Durham, a 20-year-old, of illicit conduct with children at a Kenyan orphanage that specializes in caring for neglected children. The Edmond, Okla., resident had served as a volunteer at the Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi since 2012. He was convicted on charges involving girls ranging from […]

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Are You Falling Through the Generation Gap?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Churches are designed to welcome all sorts of people, from the youngest child in the nursery to the oldest congregant. In between, your church has staff members and volunteers of all ages, and that’s great! This age diversity, though, can be accompanied by communication challenges. Older members may speak of times where it was common […]

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Safe Gatherings Tip

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Admins—You’ve probably noticed that we’ve updated our website and expanded our focus. In addition to churches, we now serve schools, school districts, and other organizations that serve children and youth. Because of this change, we want to make sure your users know that when they register with Safe Gatherings, they will be given several options […]

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