Safe Church

Making a Difference in the Next Generation

The Diocese of Tennessee is committed to keeping all members of our ministries safe – especially the children and youth. It’s required that each parish actively protects their youth so we may live into our baptismal covenant and help them grow stronger in their life in Christ.

Safeguarding God’s People provides participants with the information they need to protect children they know and care for in their personal lives.

If every adult can protect just one child, they will forever change a life. Together we will make a difference in this generation of children.

Safe Church Training

The Diocese of Tennessee now offers online training of Safe Guarding God’s People. Training provides a basic understanding of the dynamics of child sexual abuse and harassment, how to identify the signs of abuse, and what to do if you have concerns.

Training Modules

All clergy and lay employees (plus some volunteers) are required to complete six Safeguarding training modules within 90 days of hire or placement. The six Safeguarding training modules include:

  1. Meet Sam
  2. It Happened to Me
  3. Keeping Your School Safe
  4. Your Policies (Diocese of Tennessee)
  5. Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith
  6. Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment

For a complete list of people who need to take safe church training, you can view the training requirements below or contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator, the Ven. Roger Saterstrom, at

Background Checks

Churches are responsible for running background checks on all paid employees and volunteers who regularly work with children. All job positions within the Diocese must agree to undergo a background check.

Background Check Authorization Form

Contact Sandra Beld for more information at

Safe Church Materials