Welcome to Schweitzer Safe Sanctuary Training

The General Conference of The United Methodist Church, in April 1996, adopted a resolution aimed at reducing the risk of child sexual abuse in the church. Thus, in covenant with all United Methodist congregations, we adopt this policy of reducing the risk of abuse of children and youth in our church. Therefore, as a Christian community of faith and a United Methodist congregation, we pledge to engage in the ministry of the Gospel in ways that assure the safety and spiritual growth of all of our children, youth and vulnerable adults as well as all of the workers with children and youth. We will follow reasonable safety measures in the selection and recruitment of workers; we will implement prudent operational procedures in all programs and events; we will educate all of our workers with children and youth regarding the use of appropriate policies and methods and we will have a clearly defined procedure for reporting a suspected incident of abuse that conforms to the requirements of state law. Please continue down the page to begin and complete your training.

Step 1: View the Training Video

Click on the video play tab below to view the training video. This will take about 16 minutes. After viewing the entire video, proceed down page to STEP 2

Step 2: Take the Safe Sanctuary Quiz

After viewing the video, you are ready to take the quiz. After you submit your answers, they will be forwarded to the Director of Kids Ministries and Grow to Know Preschool.

Take Quiz

Step 3: Download Forms and Submit

After viewing the training video and taking the quiz, you are now ready to download, print, fill out and submit forms to the Director of Kids Ministries. Remember the video was just an overview of the policy, The entire Safe Sanctuary policy documents and volunteer application can be downloaded from the 5 tabs below. Proceed to Step four. If you have any questions concerning this training please contact Mary Beth Owens at 417-881-6800 or by email at mbowens@sumc.co or contact Dawn Thompson, Director of Kids Ministries dthompson@schweitzerumc.org.

“Because We Care” Statement of Covenant

Background Check

Reporting Policy

Complete Safe Sanctuary Policy

Volunteer Application

Step 4: Fill Out Forms and Deliver or Mail to the Church

Click on the 5 tabs above and download the Safe Sanctuary Forms to fill out and sign. Forward the forms to Schweitzer Church.

You may hand deliver the forms in a sealed envelope addressed as: Confidential Safe Sanctuary. The Schweitzer Church offices are located in the Outreach Center at 2701 E. Sunshine Street.  The office ours are 8:30 a.m., to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Or you may mail the forms to Schweitzer and address the envelope as:

Schweitzer United Methodist Church

Confidential Safe Sanctuary

2747 E. Sunshine St.

Springfield, MO 65804

You have completed the Safe Sanctuary Training for SUMC. Congratulations!