Safe Church Training
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)
Training Classes, please view the EDUSC Calendar and
look for "Safeguarding God's People (Safe Church)
To schedule a training class, call Katelyn Kenney at 803-771-7800 x 105 or email [email protected].
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. If you've already had a face-to-face training, please send Katelyn Kenney at the Diocesan House an email at [email protected]. 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 create an online user account and email you the login, site link, and user instructions to you. If you would like to call with additional questions, you can reach Katelyn Kenney at 803-771-7800 x105. Once you complete your training, you must notify Katelyn Kenney by e-mailing a copy of your record of completion so that she may inform your parish leadership.
When you send the completed certificate applications and covenants to the Diocesan House, please include the sign-in sheet and ask that participants indicate if this is their first training.
For Parish Administrators
We ask for your patience as we work to process all incoming lay licensure applications. If you have an urgent circumstance, please contact Katelyn Kenney. We recommend that you make copies of the certificate applications and covenants for your own records, if possible. We know sometimes it's more convenient for individuals to attend a training at a location other than their parish, and we do our best to relay that information to you as soon as possible.