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Suicidal Teens: Know the Warning Signs

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

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 […]

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Admin Tip

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

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 […]

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Admin Tip

Monday, January 28th, 2019

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 […]

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4 Tips for Smooth Onboarding

Monday, January 28th, 2019

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 […]

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What Would You Do?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

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 […]

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Silent Victims: Would You be Able to Spot a Victim of Sex Trafficking?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

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 […]

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Northern Illinois UMC Conference Recognizes Churches

Monday, December 17th, 2018

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.

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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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Making the Message Stick

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Last week, Safe Gatherings mailed out window clings to organizations that are committed to protecting the vulnerable by screening and training those who work with vulnerable populations. The churches and organizations that received the window clings have met the criteria for our first recognition program, which is a certain number or percentage of active Safe […]

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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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