Knowing that a safe environment is fundamental to all as we grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and others, Lighthouse Fellowship takes our responsibility to care for children, students, and vulnerable adults (“Protected Persons”) very seriously. Following the guidelines of the Central Texas Conference, our policies are intended to create a safe environment for children, students, and vulnerable adults, protecting them, the adults who work with them, and the mission of this church. We look forward to working with you!
For questions contact:
Bobby Cullen, Executive Pastor
email@example.com or 817.237.2758 x203.
Overview of MinistrySafe
Step 1- Abuse Awareness Training
Lighthouse Fellowship policies and procedures require that:
- Workers avoid abusive behavior of any kind.
- Workers report any policy violations to a supervisor.
- Workers should have a basic understanding of the characteristics of sexual abusers and their behaviors in ‘grooming’ a person for sexual abuse. Grooming is the process used by an abuser to select a potential victim, win his/her trust (and the trust of the potential victim’s Parents/Guardians or ‘gatekeepers’), manipulate the potential victim into sexual activity and keep him/her from disclosing the abuse.
To equip our Workers with information necessary to recognize abuser characteristics and grooming behavior, we require all Workers to complete MinistrySafe sexual abuse awareness training (online). This training must be renewed every two years in order to continue working with Protected Persons.
Step 2- Criminal Background Check
Our church requires that all Workers in ministries that involve Protected Persons undergo a criminal background check. Depending upon the position, differing levels or intensity of the background check may be required. This will be repeated every four years.
Step 3- Face to Face Interview
Our church requires that all Workers in ministries that involve Protected Persons undergo an in-person interview with a staff member.