ELCA Recommended Resources from Church Mutual. "Background checks are not enough. Many organizations make use of background checks to help ensure their employees and volunteers are fit to serve children and youth. While background checks are helpful, Church Mutual recommends that they not serve as the sole means of applicant screening..." (ELCA reference.)


Other service options (not necessarily endorsed by the synod):

  • Safeguarding God’s Children is an educational and training resource that 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.
  • Safe Gatherings is a comprehensive system that incorporates an online application, online abuse prevention training, several levels of background checks, and paperless reference checks for people who volunteer or are employed with churches, schools, and organizations that serve or work with children, youth, and vulnerable adults. 
  • Children and Youth online resources from Church Law & Tax
  • General Safety Resources from Church Mutual