Ministry Safe

Ministry Safe Training

3rd Sunday of each month at 12:00 pm

3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm

Room: CW10

Trinity United Methodist Church is committed to providing a safe environment for children and youth who attend the church or any church-sponsored programs or activities. We intend to take the necessary precautions to protect church leaders and volunteers from false accusations or suspicion.

Church leadership recognizes the need to have formal, written polices and guidelines to help prevent the opportunity for, or the appearance of, abuse to any minor. The following procedures are necessary to protect our pre-schoolers, children, youth, employees, volunteers and the entire church family.

 All persons wishing to volunteer to work with children and youth in any capacity at Trinity United Methodist Church must be cleared through the Ministry Safe child protection plan.

Prospective volunteers must attend a training session and complete the Ministry Safe Volunteer Application process.  Training sessions are offered periodically.  Contact the Church Office for more information.

The Ministry Safe Policy and Procedures for the Prevention of Abuse of Children and Youth at Trinity United Methodist Church is available in the Church Office for your review or a copy will be given to you at the training session.  The required paperwork will be sent to you, or can be picked up in the Church Office.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God
belongs to such as these. And Jesus took the children in His arms, put His hands
on them and blessed them.”  — Mark 10:14, 16

Ministry Safe Certification

The time is getting close as we continue to work on getting all volunteers who work with children and youth Ministry Safe certified. Our goal is that all volunteers, who work with either children or youth, are Ministry Safe certified.

Please keep in mind, even if you are presently Safe Sanctuaries approved and active, you will still need to get certified in Ministry Safe in order to participate in the TUMC programs.

Certification will last for two years and then you will have to renew (just as you did in Safe Sanctuaries). 

Our policies, when working with children or youth, have been updated. Much of what we did previously is still in place, but we have had some additions. We strive to make a safe environment for our children, youth, volunteers, and staff. We are a church who cares about the welfare of all who enter onto our campus or, participate in any of our programs.

 How to Become Ministry Safe Certified
This is actually a multiple step process – and all 5 steps are required (including two short training sessions):

1.Take an online “abuse awareness” training with a short quiz at the end.
This takes around 30-45 minutes. Your name, email address, and phone number will be entered into the Ministry Safe system and the link will be sent to you via email from Ministry Safe. If you do not have easy access to a computer, we will work with you to get you online in order to complete this component.

2.Fill out an application form and provide 3 references
The individuals you list as a reference will be sent a form by mail or email (their preference).
Before proceeding to the next step, all forms and references must be completed.

3.Pass a back ground check
(In order to start the back ground check process, your signed application must be on file).

4. Take a short training
on Trinity’s new Policy and Procedures for working with our children
and youth and sign a Code of Conduct agreement

5.Have a short interview with the corresponding department head

Ministry Safe Policy Guideline Training
Room CW10 (Red room)
The third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM
The third Sunday of the month at 12:00 PM

Childcare is available if requested at least 24 hours in advance.

If you have any questions, or need to begin the process, please contact
Betsy Spencer: betsy@trinityarl.org, Lorrie Vincent: reception@trinityarl.org, or call the Church Office: 817.274.1345.