The Illinois Great Rivers Conference is committed to ensuring that we provide safe places of worship and fellowship to everyone we serve. As part of that commitment we are providing information on Safe Gatherings as a resource for you in this important area. Please note that this is an OPTIONAL service we are making available to your church for your convenience. You are welcome to utilize the Safe Sanctuaries Resource Team as an alternative if you prefer.
Safe Gatherings is an online abuse prevention program that screens and educates staff and volunteers to help prevent abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults in group settings. When employees and volunteers are trained to identify potential abusers, recognize the signs of abuse, and know how to handle reporting, they are better equipped to prevent abuse.
When using Safe Gatherings, upon successful completion of the application, background and reference checks, and the online training program, each applicant will receive documentation of approval valid for three years, and will have continued access to the online training program for an entire year.
The price per applicant for our individual church program available through the Safe Gatherings website is $35. That includes processing of two electronic references, a national and county of residence 7-year background check, national and state of residence Sex Offender Registry check, and the 1 1/2 hour online abuse prevention and boundary awareness training.
Application: Click on the links at the bottom of this page to access the Safe Gatherings system and complete the online application. Individuals can login to their account at any time to check the status of their application.
All churches in the Conference are already set up in Safe Gatherings. Applicants must correctly choose the type of organization (church or faith based organization), denomination (Methodist), and state where your church is located. Then, start typing any part of your church name that is unique and a list of churches will display in a drop-down menu that you can select from as you can begin the application process.
Contact the Safe Gatherings team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 241-8258 for additional information or with questions about the program.