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We’re heading into fall … which means a ton of new volunteers are going to be needed to help with your youth ministry. What a great time! Now … this is a must in today’s culture – have all of them been background checked? This is a non-negotiable for us – vote in today’s poll where your ministry fits in!

JG

UPDATE: The gang over at Simply Youth Ministry told me that SYMTools has a great solution for the youth ministry that doesn’t have background checks yet. Be sure to check out their TEAM online volunteer software – might just be perfect fit!

7 COMMENTS

  • Jon says:

    It’s a legal requirement here in Australia, not sure about the US

  • Matt says:

    It’s not for churches in the US. pretty strong separation of church and state… don’t have to do a background check, but do have to be a mandated reporter if you suspect anything.

  • Dan says:

    Our church pulls background checks regularly. I also had to pass a background check for my current job, so at this point, if there was anything to be found, it would have been found by now. 😀

  • Jake Rasmussen says:

    Have you seen the BRAND NEW Simply Youth Ministry “Team” Tool?
    It is a sweet resource to help you recruit, approve, and train your team.

    Check it out for 30 days, for FREE at http://SimplyYouthMinistryTOOLS.com It is the TEAM Tool!

  • Benjer McVeigh says:

    Jon/Matt: While there is no law (that I know of) that mandates background checks on church volunteers, churches who do not run background checks on volunteers who work with minors leave themselves wide-open to lawsuits…the term is “gross negligence.” To keep this comment short, I’ll just say it’s wise to run your policies on background checks and volunteer screening by a lawyer for advice and input.

    We use Secure Search (http://www.securesearchpro.com) to do background checks and really like them. Word to the wise: not all background screenings/companies are the same. Some search convictions at the county level, some don’t. It’s a good idea to ask companies who do screenings exactly what kind of information they get, what info they don’t get and what they do if an applicant is from a city/county/state where it’s difficult/impossible to get conviction information online.

    I’m definitely interested in SYM’s new Team tool and will check it out.

  • Sudipto says:

    Most worldwide cases are not evaluated through online as searching criminal records became a key factor of a background check (http://www.background-check.us.com/) investigation.

  • Angela says:

    I would never of thought that ministry volunteers would or should have background checks done on them. But then again if working with children I think it would be a must. But how do we parents know. I didn’t really think about this till I came across this article. So should I be asking the office people if they do conduct background checks on their employee’s and volunteers. Something to think about and wonder that’s for sure. I would never have thought about it because it’s a church it’s a place of love and healing and caring for one another. But even more of a reason to find out.

    Angela

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