The Safe Ministry Check system isn’t just about checking boxes. It’s about shaping cultures.
What type of culture do we want in our churches? What type of culture is ‘safe’? It’s where everyone – from the program participants to the senior leaders – all care about vulnerable people. It’s not a set of rules, its a way of life.
That’s why the Safe Ministry Check system is designed for different people in your ministry organisation. Each type of person in your ministry has a different responsibility and role in safeguarding vulnerable people.
So your Board Members and Senior Staff need to understand the organisation responsibilities. The people who are responsible for your programs have responsibilities around the ministry environment and how they manage and recruit their teams. Your volunteer leaders need to know how to respond to concerns and report issues, and they need to be screened. And your congregation? They need to know that your ministry values the safety of and cares for the vulnerable people and that they should know who to go when they have concerns they need to report.
One more thing: if we’re going to get people to sit through some training, we want them to love it! We want them to get to the end of it and think, “Gee I’m glad I did that. I’m glad my church is doing this. I’m going to play my part.”
That’s why we’ve developed courses that are simple, engaging, and online.