Safe Church

Safeguarding God’s People provides participants with the information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and the ministries in which they serve. The program is based on the philosophy that if every adult can protect just one child, the will forever change one life. If we can all change one life, together we will make a difference in this generation of children.

In the Diocese of Tennessee, it is required that each of our parishes actively protect their children and youth so that we may live into our baptismal covenant and to help them grow stronger in their life in Christ.

Who needs to attend?


The Diocese of Tennessee requires all clergy and lay employees, plus some volunteers, to complete six Safeguarding training modules within 90 days of hire or placement in service. This is in addition to any training which may have been completed in another diocese, school, or institution.

Individuals with fiduciary responsibilities or pastoral relationships, whether clergy, lay, employees, or volunteers, full-time, or part-time, are required to complete Safeguarding training. In addition to clergy, other persons with fiduciary or pastoral relationships may include:

  • Full-time and part-time church staff, whether paid or volunteer – Recertification may be completed online.
  • Vestry members
  • Parish treasurer
  • Bishop’s committees and school board members
  • Head of school
  • Lay Eucharistic visitors
  • Lay pastoral visitors (Stephen Ministry; Hospital visitors)
  • Choir directors
  • Child care workers
  • Youth/Children ministers and teachers
  • Spiritual directors
  • Licensed worship leaders (preachers, catechists)
  • New Member ministry
  • Christian formation leaders (EFM mentors, catechumenate sponsors…)
  • Safeguarding ministries
  • Mission trip leaders
  • Non-affiliated individuals or agency-leaders who operate on church property
  • Any volunteers working with children and youth (including Christian education leaders) who have not completed a child abuse and sexual misconduct prevention of program
  • Anyone who wishes to learn more about how their parish can protect children and youth.

This list is descriptive but not comprehensive. If you have further questions about who is required to complete Safeguarding training, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding coordinator at When in doubt, opt for the training requirement–there is no cost to the church or the individual.

The EDTN policy on Safeguarding can be reviewed and downloaded below:

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