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What Would You Do? Winter 2024

Friday, January 26th, 2024

Imagine this scenario: You are the payroll manager at a medium-sized church. In addition to your work there, you also fill in as a volunteer with the youth program. You learned about mandatory reporting from your abuse prevention training, but you still aren’t sure whether it applies to you. What do you do? It’s important […]

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Successful Goalsetting

Friday, January 26th, 2024

For many, the start of a new year means making resolutions. More sleep, a more balanced diet, more exercise, travel, you name it. The possibilities are endless. This mindset can be a very positive start to the new year and set you on the right course. As an individual, you may have already mapped out […]

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What Would You Do? Fall 2023

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

What would you do? It’s Trunk or Treat time at your small church and you are busy lining up cars in anticipation of children in costumes walking around and playing games with congregation members. Most of the cars are registered for the event, but someone you don’t recognize lines up their car at the end […]

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Mental Health Matters

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

When thinking about health, people often think about blood pressure, heart disease and other physical conditions. But that’s not a whole picture of a person’s health. Mental health, which includes a person’s emotional, psychological and social well-being, is important for people of all ages—and just as essential as taking care of our physical selves. According […]

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What would you do? Summer 2023

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023

On the playground one day as you are volunteering, you overhear a young girl tell her friend that she has an important secret with Uncle John, a friend of her dad’s. There is something about the way she says it that gives you pause. On the one hand, it could be a surprise party for […]

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Here are 8 safety tips for those traveling to serve on a mission trip

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023

1. Educate yourself on the area you will be traveling. If it’s a mission across town but to an area you’ve never been, map it out ahead of time. Ask others who previously have served in that area about relevant details such as where to park and areas or routes to avoid. For an international […]

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Here are 4 ways to get the ball rolling:

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

1. Start early. If you are already thinking about volunteers, you are a step ahead. Even though spring has sprung, your church or organization may have the bulk of its activities in summer and fall months. It’s never too early to start looking. 2. Talk with your current volunteers. With volunteers, there is always a […]

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What Would You Do? Spring 2023

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

You have been a volunteer at your organization for many years. You serve in many different areas, including the children’s department and during camp season. Your children’s ministry director comes to you expressing interest in your help as part of a committee updating the organization’s policies. You don’t have any experience in policymaking, so you […]

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Updated Clergy Ethics Training from Safe Gatherings

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Decisions made in ordinary moments can have long-term positive or negative consequences. Clergy and ministerial leaders are often expected to make all the right decisions AND have all the right answers. Is it time for your clergy members or ministry leaders to renew their ethics training?  The 2-hour “Clergy Ethics and Congregational Boundaries” course from Safe Gatherings is […]

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Visit us at Extravaganza 2022

Friday, February 11th, 2022

We are excited to see you at the ELCA Extravaganza 2022 in Minneapolis, starting today! Visit our booth to learn more about Safe Gatherings and ask us about our newest product, Policy Builder!

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Admin Tip – Summer 2021

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Do you know the most frequent reason that a Safe Gatherings application is delayed? It might not be what you think. You may be thinking that the background check is most frequently what causes an application to be delayed, but that’s not correct. The most frequent reason? The applicant’s own references! How can that be? […]

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What Would You Do? Summer 2021

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

A regular volunteer comes to you two days before the mission trip she has planned to attend and says that her Safe Gatherings approval has not come back yet. You had reminded her a couple of times over the last month or two, but she still hasn’t completed the necessary steps. She says, “I’ve been […]

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