Fifteen years ago I read that the church was the only place left unprotected from sexual predators. That commit worried me especially because my children were approaching the time in their lives where I could begin to have GRANDCHILDREN! I wanted my babies protected especially at church so I began to be a crusader for churches developing policies to protect their children. One facet of the protection was background checks on all persons working with minors, seventeen years and younger.
Your association now has the ability to do background checks. This year we are requiring checks to be made on ALL 18 year old and older adults who are coming to participate in Partnership Gulf Coast 2015. We want to protect our children, the children participating in the mission trips and to SET AN EXAMPLE FOR OUR CHURCHES.
Some of our churches (usually the larger ones) do their own background checks. Most of our churches have never thought about the need.
On May 27 Shoreline Park Baptist Church became the first of our churches to request GCBA to do background checks on all of their VBS workers as well as workers in Sunday School and other children activities. Each check only costs $7.50. The background checks are good for as long as your church deems valid, usually for 2 to 5 years, with annual rechecking is becoming the norm. GCBA is more than happy to provide this service to our churches. Most checks come back with minutes.
Background checks catch only about 20% of sexual predators. There are other precautions that churches need to take to protect our children. GCBA is ready to provide training to your church on how to improve your safety issues. Call on us. What is more important than the safety of our children at church?