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 […]
Our 2019 window clings will be hitting your mailbox soon, and your church or organization will be receiving them if you have met a certain number or percentage of Safe Gatherings approvals. Post your window clings at your doors and on your windows to signify your strong commitment to protecting the children, youth, and vulnerable […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In a busy church or faith-based organization, it’s important to ensure all employees and volunteers are on the same page. Nothing can accomplish this faster than a good, solid onboarding process. Onboarding allows all of your employees and volunteers to become familiar with the official rules and functions of your organization. Consider it some of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.