BACKGROUND SCREENING OF WORKERS AND VOLUNTEERS
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
- Screening Church Leadership: A PDF article on the importance of screening congregational leadership: Screening Church Leaders
- Background Check Authorization Form: A sample background screening authorization form: Background Check Authorization Form
- Congregational Screening Policy: A sample screening policy for congregations and schools: Screening Policy
- Volunteer Application Form: A samply application form for volunteers: Volunteer Application Form
- Diocese of Buffalo: Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse of a Child