Safe Sanctuary

Protecting those entrusted to our care

Why it matters

God calls us to create communities of faith where children and adults can grow. We take seriously our responsibility to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults who participate in our ministries. Schweitzer United Methodist Church has adopted a policy, procedures, and a covenant to ensure staff and volunteers do all they can to provide a safe and secure environment for children youth and vulnerable adults entrusted to our care. These policies and procedures are for the protection of our entire Schweitzer community. 

If you have signed up to volunteer in the Kids Ministry, Youth, or work with vulnerable adults, you must become Safe Sanctuary certified. You must complete all the steps for certification before you can serve. Complete the steps listed below to become a Safe Sanctuary certified volunteer.  If you have questions about the training, please contact Mary Decker at 417-881-6800 or email her at mdecker@sumc.co.

Checklist

  1. View the training video
  2. Take the quiz
  3. Complete the Volunteer Application
  4. Complete the Character Reference form
  5. Read and print the Safe Sanctuary Policy and Covenant
  6. Complete the Background Check (you will receive an email invitation containing a link to a secure website for you background check)

Steps 1 & 2:

View the training video and take the quiz.

Steps 3 & 4:

Complete the Volunteer Application and Character Reference Form

Steps 5 & 6:

Read the Safe Sanctuary Policy and Covenant and Complete a Background Check
Read the Safe Sanctuary Policy and Covenant
You will receive an email invitation containing a link to a secure website for you background check upon completion of the first 5 steps.

Congratulations!

You have now completed the Safe Sanctuary Training for Schweitzer United Methodist Church. Happy volunteering!

Got questions?

Contact Mary Decker today with any questions you may have about Safe Sanctuary at Schweitzer!

Mary Decker

Chief Operating Officer

"It is my joy to serve on the administrative team, working with all of the ministries to serve the Lord together. I am passionate about stewardship—being a good steward of the things God has given us so we can grow God's kingdom and change lives."

Email Mary at mdecker@sumc.co