Safe Sanctuaries Trainers

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Safe Sanctuaries Trainers play a vital role in the North Alabama Conference's Safe Sanctuaries program by working with churches to develop and implement Safe Sanctuaries policies in their congregations. Trainers are volunteers across the Conference who undergo extensive training to help any church, regardless of size or context, create or enhance their Safe Sanctuaries program.

Need a Trainer?

If you need to connect with a trainer, please contact your district office. They will be able to help you connect with a nearby trainer who has expertise in your church's specific context.


Want to Become a Trainer?

If you'd like to be certified as a trainer, we'd love to have you!  Trainers go through extensive training to be as well-equipped as possible to work with a range of churches. To become a trainer you will:

  • Apply and be approved by your district
  • Complete training on Safe Sanctuaries basics and mandatory reporting
  • Complete a background check
  • Go through a 6-week online course where you will learn about Safe Sanctuaries in greater detail as well as how to work with churches in developing policies and leading trainings (click here for a sample syllabus)

The ideal trainer is passionate about protecting children and youth, has a solid understanding of Safe Sanctuaries policies and procedures, and is willing to learn and grow to help churches be as safe as possible.

To review a full description of the trainer role, click here.

Apply today!

Your first step in becoming a trainer is to complete an application at this link. Once your application has been reviewed and approved by your district, we will share more details about next steps, including how to sign up for the train-the-trainer course (offered quarterly).


Frequently Asked Questions About Safe Sanctuaries Trainer Certification

What is the format for Safe Sanctuaries Train-the-Trainer?

Safe Sanctuaries Train-the-Trainer is offered in an online, instructor-led format. This means that all instruction will take place online, and you will have an instructor and a class that you are learning alongside.

Do I have to be online at a particular time?

No! We want Train-the-Trainer to be as accessible as possible, so there are not specific times that you need to be online. You will have deadlines throughout the course, but the goal is for you to have the flexibility to complete the course around your ministry and other obligations.

Is there a cost for Train-the-Trainer?

No. There is no cost to participate in Train-the-Trainer, which is provided as a service to the districts and churches of the North Alabama Conference.

Do I have to train other churches? What if I want to just train my own?

When completing the application, you can choose whether to be certified as a district trainer or a local church trainer. The training and application process for both, however, is the same.


Have more questions?

If you have questions about becoming a Safe Sanctuaries trainer, contact Rev. John Fleischauer, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries and Conference Safe Sanctuaries Coordinator, at john.fleischauer@umcna.org.

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