Before 1984, churches had not faced litigation for negligence concerning child molestation related to volunteers or employees. However, today church leaders find themselves as defendants in litigation cases. Plaintiffs allege that the church and its leadership did little or nothing to screen ministers or church workers prior to employment as a minister or enlistment to serve as a volunteer.


The risk to the local church today is too high NOT to take all of the precautions necessary and rely on the data available to alert them about harmful individuals.


  • Protect My Ministry:  The LCMS has negotiated special rates for congregations and schools with “Protect My Ministry.”  For information on their services, click “ProtectMyMinistry.”


  • Ten Reasons Why Church Leaders Should Take Screening Seriously: Ten Reasons


  • Sharing Sacred Secrets: Is It (Past) Time for a Dangerous Person Exception to the Clergy- Penitent Privilege?

    Boston College Law School


  • Screening Church Leadership:  A PDF article on the importance of screening congregational leadership:  Screening Church Leaders



  • Congregational Screening Policy: A sample screening policy for congregations and schools:  Screening Policy