MinistrySafe Institute was created by legal professionals who are sexual abuse experts. After decades of litigating cases and providing counsel related to sexual abuse issues, Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris founded MinistrySafe Institute to equip ministry leaders with an understanding of the issues and how to best navigate through them.
MinistrySafe Institute is a video-based program directed at ministry leaders. The ideas and concepts taught at MinistrySafe Institute, however, must be understood and applied by all ministry personnel to foster an environment where children are protected from sexual abuse.
MinistrySafe was created to help ministries meet legal standards of care and reduce the risk of sexual abuse using tools and technology tailored to fit the needs of churches, camps and ministry programs.
The 5-Part Safety System
MinistrySafe offers a comprehensive program utilizing a 5-Part Safety System that creates overlapping layers of protection to ensure no situation is overlooked. MinistrySafe offers customized systems of protection to fit each program type.
The 5-Part Safety System provides a framework for sexual abuse prevention in your ministry program.
Sexual Abuse Awareness Training provides the foundation for MinistrySafe’s 5-Part Safety System.
What we believe shapes what we do, and much of what we believe about child sexual abuse is based on misinformation and misconceptions. Sexual Abuse Awareness Training identifies these misconceptions and replaces them with information valuable to protect children. Read more
Skillful Screening Process
Once staff members and volunteers have completed Sexual Abuse Awareness Training, it’s necessary to address your ministry’s screening process to ensure that the right team is onboard. The Skillful Screening Process, designed by experts in child sexual abuse litigation, enables administrators, hiring managers and ministry leaders to better discern if an applicant or volunteer has the right motives for working with children. Read more
Policies and Procedures
MinistrySafe’s sample Policies and Procedures balance ministry goals with the risks inherent in children’s programming. Effective Policies and Procedures minimize or prevent risk. Policies are truly effective only when they are designed to address the concerns of your unique program type. Read more
Background Checks are an important element of the 5-Part Safety System, but they cannot serve as a standalone screening system because less than 10 percent of sexual abusers ever encounter the criminal justice system. At the same time, there are distinct advantages to utilizing a carefully designed and legally compliant Background Check process. Read more
Monitoring and Oversight
After the Safety System is put in place, the work continues. The 5-Part Safety System includes checks and balances to monitor supervision, training compliance and system accountability. Read more