Safe Gatherings is a biblically-based boundary awareness and abuse prevention program developed to certify volunteer workers, staff and clergy, enabling them to work with children, youth and vulnerable adults. The annual conference program applies to all conference and district events, as well as all local church events and activities. By completing this certification program, individuals are authorized to work with children, youth and vulnerable adults in any church-related setting.
All individuals in the Great Plains Conference renewing or completing first-time certification will complete their education and certification process online.
Once registered with the online learning system, applicants are encouraged to complete the online training process for certification in 30 days. Training may be completed anytime, anywhere using the online system. Applicants may complete the training modules at their own pace and request reference letters electronically. Lay and clergy references are required as part of the certification process. State and national background checks are completed for each applicant. A Spanish language version is available. Allow 30 days for certification. Individuals can log on at any time to check on the status of their application.
The cost is $35 for state and national background checks. Applicants are responsible for making a secure online payment to cover the cost of their background check. Some local churches have opted to cover this expense for people associated with their congregation. If your local church is covering these expenses, that will be indicated as you complete the online application process.
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CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-241-8258 for more information or with questions about the program.