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Knowing that a safe environment is fundamental to all as we grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and others, FUMC Hurst takes our responsibility to care for children, students, and vulnerable adults (“Protected Persons”) very seriously.  Following the guidelines of the Central Texas Conference, our policies are intended to create a safe environment for children, students, and vulnerable adults, protecting them, the adults who work with them, and the mission of this church.  We look forward to working with you!

For questions contact Taelor Mackin, MinistrySafe Administrator: tmackin@fumchurst.org or 817.282.738,  x40.

OVERVIEW OF THE SAFETY SYSTEM AT FUMC HURST

Because FUMC Hurst loves children, students, and vulnerable adults and desires to protect them, our church requires all Workers to complete 4 SAFETY STEPS before working or volunteering in ministries with Protected Persons.


For a full copy of the policy, click here.

STEP ONE: Abuse Awareness Training

FUMC Hurst policies and procedures require that:

  • Workers avoid abusive behavior of any kind.
  • Workers report any policy violations to a supervisor or a member of our Safety Committee.
  • Workers should have a basic understanding of the characteristics of sexual abusers and their behaviors in ‘grooming’ a person for sexual abuse.  Grooming is the process used by an abuser to select a potential victim, win his/her trust (and the trust of the potential victim’s Parents/Guardians or ‘gatekeepers’), manipulate the potential victim into sexual activity and keep him/her from disclosing the abuse.

To equip our Workers with information necessary to recognize abuser characteristics and grooming behavior, we require all Workers to complete MinistrySafe sexual abuse awareness training (live or online).  This training must be renewed every two years in order to continue working with Protected Persons.

STEP TWO:  Screening Process

Workers are required to complete our Screening Process, which requires a Worker to:

  • Complete an Employment Application (employees only)
  • Complete the Volunteer Application/Reference Form (employees and volunteers)
  • Complete a face-to-face interview (employees and volunteers). Schedule an interview.
  • Provide references to be checked (employees and volunteers)
  • Be an active member of this church for six months before being eligible to serve in positions providing access to Protected Persons. An exception may be made with the approval of the Safety Committee (This does not apply to paid staff).

STEP THREE:  Policies & Procedures

Workers are required to review the policies contained in the manual and sign the last page indicating that he or she has read and understood the material, and agrees to comply with policy requirements. (CLICK HERE to download the manual.)

Leaders for outside groups/organizations bringing protected persons onto the campus of FUMC Hurst must read and review the policies contained in the MinistrySafe Policies and Procedures Manual for Outside Groups and sign the last page indicating that they have read and understand the material, and agree to comply with policy requirements.

STEP FOUR:  Criminal Background Check

Our church requires that all Workers in ministries that involve Protected Persons undergo a criminal background check.  Depending upon the position, differing levels or intensity of the background check may be required. This will be repeated every four years.

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