Rev. Tyler Amundson
Shiloh United Methodist Church
1810 Shiloh Road
Billings, MT 59106
The Mountain Sky United Methodist Conference is committed to ensuring that we provide safe places of worship and fellowship to everyone we serve.
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.
Contact the Safe Gatherings team at contact@SafeGatherings.comor call 888-241-8258 for additional information or to provide the contact information for your church or group. Churches in the Mountain Sky Conference are already set up within the Safe Gatherings system, and your applicants will be able to follow the links below to begin their Safe Gatherings approval.
Click here to start the Safe Gatherings process- https://safegatherings.com/app/get-started
Click here to log in to your Safe Gatherings application after you have completed your registration- https://safegatherings.com/app/login
When your Applicants begin the application process, they will need to select:
-Language Preference (English),
-Type of Organization (Church or Faith Based Organization),
-Denomination (Methodist), and
-State where your church is located.
Then, in the next field, they will begin typing any part of the organization name, (ex: Westminster), and a list will appear in a drop-down menu from which they will select the organization name where they are seeking approval to serve.
Individuals can login to their account at any time to check the status of their application.
General Board of Discipleship Safe Sanctuaries:
These resources have example policies and downloads to begin policies that help to cover the variety of areas a church should be aware of to do their work with Safe Sanctuaries. www.umcdiscipleship.org/leadership-resources/safe-sanctuaries