Safeguarding God’s Children/Safe Church
- Are You Keeping Your Children Safe (PDF)
- Best Practices for the Safety and Security of Children, Youth & Vulnerable Adults (PDF)
- Sample Draft: Emergency Communication Plan (PDF)
- Emergency Communication Plan (Word document)
- Not in My Pew (Word document)
- Resources and Websites to Support Best Practices on Congregations (PDF)
- Safety Timeline (PDF)
- Sample Registration form (PDF)
- Best Practices in Safety (PDF)
- Children and Youth (online resources from Church Law & Tax)
- Preventing Sexual Misconduct (online resources from Church Pension Group)
- Safety Resources (online resources from Church Mutual)
Safeguarding God’s Children trainings are provided several times per year. Here are some details: Utilizing Safeguarding God’s Children, an educational and training resource which is founded on the philosophy that, if every adult can protect just one child, they will forever change one life. If we can all change one life, together we will make a difference in this generation of children.
The workshop will:
- Educate and create an awareness of the responsibilities of caring well for children and youth through safe and appropriate practices and behaviors in ministry.
- Explore the challenges of both “being and creating” a welcoming, open and safe environment in our churches.
- Facilitate the creation of a plan for educating and training your own congregation in the awareness and prevention of sexual abuse in your congregation.
- Engage in two sessions of learning and conversation on the topic. The first session is focused on equipping staff and leadership, and the second session is focused on equipping the congregation.
- Use the Safeguarding God’s Children materials and training kit. (This resource has been developed by Church Pension Group, and is recommended by the ELCA.)
- Be equipped to lead their own training sessions in their congregations, using the Safeguarding God’s Children kit and materials.
- A kit is available for loan, through the synod office. Call the synod office to reserve a kit (507-280-9457).
- Kits may be purchased from Cokesbury publishing (800-672-1789).