SAFE Church

SAFE Church

SAFE Church

SAFE Church Trainings provides awareness in the areas of sexual conduct and sexual abuse issues for both employees and volunteers working within the congregations and organizations of the Diocese of Oregon.

We currently offer two different programs that have been developed by the Church Pension Group:

  • Safeguarding God’s Children
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation

Who should attend and why?

In striving to live out our Baptismal Covenant we are called to respect the dignity of every human being. As the people of God in the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon we are committed to the safety of all God’s people. This recommendation outlines who is required to attend which of the training sessions.

Safeguarding God's Children

  • All members of the clergy whether stipendiary or non-stipendiary
  • All interns and persons in the ordination process
  • All paid employees
  • All wardens and vestry/BAC members
  • All volunteers (age 16 and over) who work with children and youth. Volunteers age 12-14 are welcome to attend it accompanied by a parent. We do not recomend this training for children under 12.

Safeguarding God's People

  • All members of the clergy whether stipendiary or non-stipendiary
  • All interns and persons in the ordination process
  • All paid employees and unpaid staff members
  • All unpaid lay leadership (wardens, vestry/BAC members, members of other boards)
  • All others who volunteer themselves for church-related service
  • The following ministers licensed under Canon III.4: Pastoral Leaders, Worship Leaders, Preachers, Eucharistic visitors, and Catechists
  • Other persons who have pastoral relationships (Stephen ministers, spiritual directors, counselors, peer mentors, life coaches, etc.)

How do I register for SAFE Church?

Click here to go to the online registration. After you have made certain you have supplied all of the requested information, submit your registration by clicking on the “Submit” button. You should receive a response saying your registration has been submitted. You will not receive further confirmation.

Please Note: The deadline for registration is 12pm on the Tuesday preceding the scheduled training. If we have to cancel a training, those who have pre-registered will be notified of the cancellation.

If none of the currently scheduled trainings work for you, please use the training request form to give us some details about times and locations that would be convenient for you, to help us plan future trainings.

SAFE Church FAQs

How much time does it take?

Each training session requires a morning or afternoon of class attendance. Both sessions can be scheduled on a Saturday morning and afternoon, or one session on a Sunday afternoon, or during the week. We try to offer training in a variety of locations in the fall and again in the spring.

What is the cost?

The cost is $10 per person per training. Registration fees may be paid online during the registration process or a check can be mailed to the Diocese of Oregon. We regret we no longer have the staff capacity to bill churches for payment.

What about food?

The host church will provide simple snacks at the beginning of the training and during the break. If you are scheduled for two trainings on the same day, you should bring your own sack lunch as there will not be time to go out between the trainings.

What about child care?

Please check directly with the host church to see if they are able to provide child care.

What about certification?

All participants will be required to sign in at the beginning of each session and sign out at the end. Participants who complete all four hours will receive a certificate. A copy of their certificate will be sent to their local church. Copies of all certificates will be kept at the diocesan office.

How often do we need to renew?

Under the current diocesan policy, certificates are valid for ten (10) years before renewing the training in person. However, for 2017, the Diocese will offer online refresher training and it will be required every five years. The online refresher is not a substitute for the initial training in person. Beginning in 2018, all Safeguarding trainings must be renewed every five (5) years.