GUMC Safe Sanctuaries
Recognizing the growing threat of child abuse and its presence even among God's people, the 1996 General Conference adopted a resolution on "Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse in the Church" which states, "God calls us to make our churches safe places, protecting children and other vulnerable persons from sexual and ritual abuse. God calls us to create communities of faith where children and adults grow safe and strong." Safe Sanctuaries is the movement and initiative to fulfill this call upon us – to make our churches safe places for the young and the vulnerable and those in ministry with them.
All GUMC's volunteers must complete a background check, complete Safe Sanctuaries training, and be approved by leadership staff before serving as children's or youth volunteer.