Safe Sanctuary Policy of Enterprise First United Methodist Church
The Safe Sanctuary Team of EFUMC recently completed an update of our Safe Sanctuaries Policy. The General Conference of the United Methodist Church adopted a resolution back in 1996 aimed at reducing the risk of child sexual abuse in the church. Our duty is to have a policy in covenant with all United Methodist congregations which demonstrates our “absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all our children, youth, senior citizens, and at-risk adults. Every congregation within the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference is expected to uphold this policy as its minimum standard in establishing safe sanctuaries for all God’s children.” (Safe Sanctuaries Policy). We have had a policy in place since 1996, have revised it from time to time, and now have an updated policy as of September 2020 to meet our current needs.
The Safe Sanctuaries Policy for Enterprise First United Methodist Church contains our commitment to surrounding all persons with steadfast love. We pledge to do everything in our power to keep everyone safe and to prevent any type of abuse against children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities. Our policy has set forth many standards for those working with these aforementioned persons. We have very specific recruiting, screening, and training for all who work with them as well. A background check and a participation covenant are completed on all volunteer and paid staff persons. Training is provided and required on our Safe Sanctuaries policy. The complete policy is a thorough document which you may read in full on our church website, www.efumc.com.
As the leaders of the Safe Sanctuaries team, we wanted to make you aware that we have updated our policy as of September 2020. We will continue to do all we can to provide a safe, loving environment for all who enter our doors. If you have any questions about our Safe Sanctuaries Policy, please don’t hesitate to ask. As Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes (a) child… welcomes me,” in Matthew 18:5, so do we, as a church, desire to welcome all with hospitality and protection.
Your Safe Sanctuary Leaders- Matthew Jordan, Associate Pastor and Laura Wildzunas, Lay Leader