Brentwood United Methodist Church
Friday, October 24, 2014

Brentwood United Methodist Church

Safe Sanctuary Policies & Procedures

INTRODUCTION
The General Conference of the United Methodist Church, in April 1996, adopted a resolution aimed at reducing the risk of child abuse in the church The adopted resolution calls all churches to welcome children and also to make our churches safe places for children, youth, and vulnerable adults. It is our responsibility to be proactive in our recruiting and training to find people with a gift for caring for children, youth, and adults and also to protect volunteers from false accusations. It is our responsibility to oversee all programs involving children, youth, and vulnerable adults to make sure there is a safe environment and that we have a plan of response in place should an accusation arise. The General Conference resolution affirmed that every local church must have in place a policy for protecting minors and vulnerable adults.

PURPOSE
Brentwood United Methodist Church’s purpose for establishing this Safe Sanctuary Policy and Procedures is to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all of our children.

STATEMENT OF COVENANT
As a Christian community of faith committed to ministry to and with children, youth, and vulnerable adults, we pledge to conduct all of our activities and ministries in such a way that assure the safety and spiritual growth of all children, youth, and vulnerable adults entrusted to us. We will follow reasonable safety measures in the selection and recruitment of workers. We will be responsible in overseeing our programs and events. We will train our workers so that they are able and equipped to minister in Jesus’ name. We will report and respond to all suspected incidents of abuse as required by state law and our moral conscience, and we will be prepared to minister to families of both the abused and the perpetrator.

For detailed information on our policies and procedures please click on one of the links below:

Safe Sanctuary Policy and Procedures

Tennessee State Laws                           

Guidelines for Volunteers                       

Children’s Ministry Guidelines                       

Restroom Policies                           

Emergency Procedures

          Tornado

          Fire

          Missing Child

          Confirmed Child Abduction

          Intruder