Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Safe Church Training and Reporting Misconduct

As Christians, we live in a covenant relationship with God and with one another. Through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, we enter into a sacred covenant in which we pledge to live lives that “seek and serve Christ in all persons,” and to “respect the dignity of every human being.”  Because incidents of violence, hatred, and sexual misconduct occur in our world, the Church must maintain ethical and moral standards that clearly communicate what is, and what is not, acceptable behavior on the part of those called to Church leadership.  Pastoral leadership in the Christian Church is a calling that demands the highest standards of moral integrity and personal responsibility.  Leadership is a gift of the Spirit that can be effectively exercised only in an environment of trust. Where there is no trust, there can be no community.  Since trust is so fundamental to the well-being of the Christian community, Christian people have the right to expect that their leaders, both lay and ordained, understand and are committed to standards of behavior that are trustworthy. 

Safeguarding God's People (SAFE Church) training will help you to develop appropriate teaching, caring and mentoring relationships which are based in trust and the promises that we make in the Baptismal Covenant. This training will prepare you so that you can create relationships  and environments where you can Make, Equip, and Send Mature Disciples.

For upcoming Safeguarding God's People (Safe Church)
raining Classes, please view the EDUSC Calendar and
look for "
Safeguarding God's People (Safe Church)
Training Class"

Who is required to take Safeguarding God's People (Safe Church) training?

To schedule a training class, call Julie Derrick at 803-771-7800 x 105 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To renew your Safeguarding God's People (Safe Church) Certificate online:

Currently, Safeguarding God's People (SAFE church) training needs to be renewed every 5 years. (3 years if you are an Eucharistic visitor.) If you've already had a face-to-face training, please send Julie Derrick at the Diocesan House an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please include in the email your congregation, a good contact phone number, your best email address, and any change of address since your last training class.  This will allow us to set you up as an online user and email the login, site link and user instructions to you.  If you would like to call with additional questions, you can reach Julie Derrick at 803-771-7800 x105.

Reporting Misconduct

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2009 revised the canons known as Title IV to make clergy discipline first and foremost a process of discernment, mediation and pastoral response rather than one that is legalistic and judicial. The process now models those used in the medical, legal and social work professions. The revised canons went into effect on July 1, 2011.

Canon 1 of Title IV sets the theological context for the process: "By virtue of Baptism, all members of the Church are called to holiness of life and accountability to one another. The Church and each Diocese shall support their members in their life in Christ and seek to resolve conflicts by promoting healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life, and reconciliation among all involved or affected. This Title applies to Members of the Clergy, who have by their vows at ordination accepted additional responsibilities and accountabilities for doctrine, discipline, worship and obedience."

An overview of the process

Before July 1, 2011, clergy disciplinary matters were brought to the bishop or the Standing Committee of the diocese. Effective July 1, 2011, under the revised canons, all matters are now reported to an intake officer (find contact information below). Matters might then be resolved through pastoral care, mediation, an agreement with the bishop, an investigation or any combination of these. An investigation may result in formal mediation, and, if necessary, a hearing.

The process now allows for resolution through whatever means will move those affected toward justice, restitution, amendment of life, repentance, healing, forgiveness and reconciliation. This can include a variety of interventions for all involved and, if necessary, the suspension or removal of the cleric from ordained ministry.

The Title IV canons are available here.

Clergy standards of conduct

Members of the clergy should:
• Maintain confidentiality
• Safeguard property and funds of the church
• Conform to the canons of the Episcopal Church and the rubrics of The Book of Common Prayer
• Abide by ordination vows
• Obtain consent of the bishop before engaging in secular employment
• Obtain consent of the bishop to be absent from the diocese for more than two years

Members of the clergy should not:
• Engage in sexual misconduct (includes sexual behavior with: a member of the congregation; employee; volunteer; person in high school; person under 18 years of age; person legally incompetent; someone with whom the clergy has ever had a pastoral relationship)
• Hold or teach any doctrine contrary to that held by the Episcopal Church
• Commit criminal acts
• Engage in dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation
• Habitually neglect public worship, Holy Communion
• Engage in any conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy
Contacting the intake officers:
Anyone may contact the diocesan intake officer to report concerns about the behavior of a member of the clergy (priests, deacons, bishops). This initiates a process to hold clergy accountable for their behavior.

The Rev. Canon d'Rue Hazel is the Intake officer for the Diocese of Upper South Carolina.

Contact her by e-mail, phone or in person by appointment:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 803-771-7800 x 107 (confidential voicemail)

The intake officer will:
• Listen with respect
• Offer pastoral care and response
• Create a written report regarding the concern(s) presented
• Answer questions about the process

Please note: Effective July 1, 2011, members of the clergy are required to report to the intake officer anything that may constitute an offense and to cooperate with the clergy disciplinary process.
Members of the Diocesan Disciplinary Board established by the revised Title IV canons:

Ecclesiastical Disciplinary Board 2017 Roster

The Rev. Slaven Manning (2020)
The Rev. Fergie Horvath (2019)
The Rev. Alan Leonard (2017), President

Mr. Richard Gilliam (2018)
Mr. Daniel O'Shields (2017)

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