Safe Sanctuaries

What is Safe Sanctuaries? 

Safe Sanctuaries is an overt expression in making congregations safe places where children, youth, and elders may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith.

It is required that all local churches in the Mountain Sky Conference have their own Safe Sanctuary policy. A Safe Sanctuary Policy is simply a policy noting guidelines, and requirements for adult volunteers to adhere to in order to work with children, youth and vulnerable adults.

If you do not have one, or would like to update your current policy please email and we will work together to make that happen. You can also explore the resources that Discipleship Ministries offers.


Download a sample Safe Sanctuary Policy


What is Safe Gatherings? 

Safe Gatherings is an online abuse prevention program that screens and trains clergy, staff and volunteers to help prevent abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults in group settings. When employees and volunteers are trained to identify potential abusers, recognize the signs of abuse, and how to handle reporting, they are better equipped to prevent abuse. 

When using Safe Gatherings, upon successful completion of the application, background check, reference checks, and the online training program, each applicant will receive documentation of approval valid for three years and will have continued access to the online training program for an entire year.

The price per applicant for the program customized for Mountain Sky UMC churches is $37.  That includes processing of two electronic references, a national and current county of residence 7-year background check, sex offender registry check, and the 1 1/2 hour online abuse prevention and boundary awareness training.  

Explore and get started with Safe Gatherings HERE

Do you need help getting started with Safe Gatherings or need the contact information for your church updated please email Amanda at

Does the Conference have a Safe Sanctuary Policy? 

YES! To review the MSC Safe Sanctuaries policy in full, please click the link: Ethical Education

*For all Mountain Sky Conference youth events it is required that all adults attending completed all Safe Sanctuary requirements. 

I’m here to help! 

Hi, I’m Amanda Daniell and I’m the conference Safe Sanctuary Coordinator. Please email me directly at or schedule a time to meet with me by clicking HERE

Coming in 2024: Safer Sanctuaries Virtual Trainings 

What is Safer Sanctuaries? 

Safer Sanctuaries: Nurturing Trust within Faith Communities is a new and comprehensive resource that continues the tradition of Safe Sanctuaries ministry by building on the trusted policies and procedures that have guided churches over the past twenty-five years. This resource contains theological grounding for the work of abuse prevention, psychological insights about abuse and abuse prevention, basic guidelines for risk reduction, age-level specific guidance, and step-by-step instructions on how to develop, revise, update, and implement an abuse prevention plan in your church or organization. 

Explore more about Safe Sanctuaries HERE