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Updated Safe Sanctuaries Train-the-Trainer program now available


The Office of Connectional Ministries is excited to announce the availability of an updated Safe Sanctuaries (child protection) Train-the-Trainer program based on the recently revised Conference Safe Sanctuaries policy. The updated Train-the-Trainer program is being made available in a new, entirely online format. “We are excited about the updated Train-the-Trainer format that, we believe, will make training more accessible and useful to those who wish to be certified as Safe Sanctuaries ...

Office of Connectional Ministries announces updated Safe Sanctuaries Policy


The North Alabama Annual Conference adopted an updated Conference Safe Sanctuaries policy during the 2021 Annual Conference session on June 5. The updated policy makes a number of changes to clarify response and reporting procedures, to bring the language of the policy in line with best legal practices and to provide clarity around issues such as when and how churches should provide update training to staff and volunteers. “We are excited about these updates and believe that they will help equip...

Safe Sanctuaries online training now available


On March 21, 2021, the North Alabama Conference hosted a virtual Conference-wide Safe Sanctuaries training. This training, which was attended by nearly 800 participants, fulfilled the Safe Sanctuaries training requirements for many churches in the Conference, particularly smaller congregations without the need for complex policies and procedures. "We are thrilled by the incredible number of participants in the virtual training," says Rev. John Fleischauer, Associate Director of Connectional ...

Get to know North Alabama Conference Connectional Ministries: Safe Sanctuaries


Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” - Matthew 19:14 (NIV)   As United Methodists, we believe that part of our Christian witness is to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are protected and able to experience God’s grace in a safe, supportive, loving environment. While this responsibility is made clear throughout scripture, and particularly in Jesus’ own ministry, as a denomination it was codified in ...

Conference-wide Safe Sanctuaries training to be March 21


The North Alabama Conference will hold a virtual Conference-wide Safe Sanctuaries training on Sunday, March 21, 2021, from 2 to 3 p.m. Safe Sanctuaries is the North Alabama Conference's program for developing policies for and conducting training in the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults in our congregations. All churches are required to have a Safe Sanctuaries policy in place. Part of the March 21 training will address how Safe Sanctuaries relates to churches that do not have ...

Updated Safe Sanctuary background check consent forms now available


Due to a concern that outdated consent forms are being used to obtain background checks for employees and volunteers who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults, updated versions of the consent forms are available from The North Alabama Conference, working in coordination with the Conference's background check provider Employment Screening Services (ESS). The updated forms reflect updated legal requirements and best practices in obtaining the necessary consent and providing disclosures ...

Conference proposes changes to Safe Sanctuaries policy


Since the mandate in 1996 by the General Conference for all annual conferences and local churches to adopt child protection policies, the United Methodist Church has been a leader in ensuring that the children, youth, and vulnerable adults entrusted to us are cared for in safe and loving environments. In 2003, the North Alabama Conference adopted its first Safe Sanctuaries policy, which has continued to evolve to meet the changing needs of the Annual Conference and churches across North Alabama....

An Update to the Conference Background Check Process


The Connectional Ministries Office of the North Alabama Conference announces improvements in how background checks are processed through its office. The following enhancements allow churches to have greater control of the background check process, as well as providing a more efficient means of clearance for conference events. In the spring of 2013, the Connectional Ministries staff discovered that the background checks previously being run were not consistent with the Conference’s Safe Sanctuary...

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