Toolbox: Your very own starter kit!
- NEW! The Michigan Conference has recently completed a sample protection policy for local churches. Start with the template and adapt it. You will want to consult your insurance company and attorney to make sure it’s complete and adequate, but creating the policy has never been easier. It also lists pages and pages of additional resources.
- Click here for more information on Michigan Conference policies and trainings.
- A step-by-step guide from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.
- Free background checks with Michigan ICHAT.
- Books you may find helpful: Safe Sanctuaries by Joy Thornburg Melton (a series).
- We are aware some Michigan UMC Churches have used training programs including Darkness 2 Light Stewards of Children, and Safe Gatherings. This is not an endorsement of any program, but offered for information purposes.
Our Michigan Conference staff are also glad to help! Reach out for support, guidance, and additional resources:
Rev. Kathy Pittenger
Children’s Initiatives Coordinator
Youth Ministry Initiatives Coordinator