The North Carolina Synod is committed to ensuring that we provide safe places of worship and fellowship to everyone we serve. As part of that commitment we are providing information on Safe Gatherings as a resource for you in this important area.
Safe Gatherings is an online abuse prevention program that screens and educates staff and volunteers to help prevent abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults in group settings. When employees and volunteers are trained to identify potential abusers, recognize the signs of abuse, and know how to handle reporting, they are better equipped to prevent abuse.
When using Safe Gatherings, upon successful completion of the application, background and reference checks, and the online training program, each applicant will receive documentation of approval valid for three years, and will have continued access to the online training program for an entire year.
The price per applicant for our individual church program available through the Safe Gatherings website is $37. That includes:
- processing of two electronic references
- a national and county of residence 7-year background check
- national and state of residence Sex Offender Registry check
- a 2 hour online abuse prevention and boundary awareness training
Application: Click on the links on the right of this page to access the Safe Gatherings system and complete the online application. Individuals can login to their account at any time to check the status of their application.
All churches in the synod are already set up in Safe Gatherings. Applicants must correctly choose the denomination, state and city where your church is located, and the church will display in a drop-down menu as you begin the application process.