Background screening employees and volunteers is one of the most effective tools at keeping congregations safe, yet most ministries make major mistakes when implementing background check procedures. It’s not your fault. Background checks are inherently confusing for several reasons: the scope of information you are trying to access the numerous places you can look for
Background Check Basics – Our Most Popular FAQs
[fusion_text] Background checks are complicated. We’re here to provide you with background check basics and answer our most popular questions to help you through the process. Unless you have insider knowledge like the expert team at Protect My Ministry, background checks can feel overwhelming, scary, confusing, expensive, and intrusive. These feelings get even more
It’s 2016! Have You Conducted Your Church Volunteer Background Screening Yet?
“What can employers find out about me during a background check?” That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? If it weren’t, that phrase wouldn’t be Googled so often. But when you type that in, you’re assaulted with a barrage of fear-mongering articles like this one from CNNMoney. It scares the daylights out of anyone who
Do You Know Enough About FCRA Law and Adverse Action?
Two of the biggest hiring challenges many large, well-known businesses are facing is handling consent for background checks and disclosing reasons related to background check results why someone may not be hired for a position. Considering their size, and we’re assuming, human resources departments, it’s surprising that so many of these big names keep finding
Three Key Elements to a Screening Policy
If you don’t already have an employee/volunteer screening policy, you need one. It’s non-negotiable. A thorough screening policy will not only help protect your religious organization and the people within it from psychopaths, it will safeguard your church against any legal action that might be taken should a predator/thief/fraudster/etc. slip through your ranks. But not
The Fair Credit Reporting Act and You: Protecting Your Credit Information
We’re going back to basics on Protect My Ministry this week. Our goal today is explaining some of the basic laws of background checks and what employees need to know about how ministries and their chosen screening agencies should be protecting their credit information. Who We Are By law, a company is a Consumer Reporting
Can An Employer Require Candidates to Pay for Their Own Background Check?
When budgets get tight, employers often have to do a lot of soul-searching to find out where to best spend their dollars. One of the most expensive aspects of running any business, including ministries, vacation bible schools, and other faith-based organizations, is hiring new people. From generating and placing job openings to gathering applications and
Three Reasons Why Every Church School Should Screen its Staff and Volunteers
Protect My Ministry takes seriously the need to vet anyone – ANYONE – who is hired by, or volunteers for, a faith-based organization. In particular, we feel strongly that employees and volunteers within schools who are sponsored by, or run on the campus of, a religious organization must maintain high standards of conducting thorough and
Tired of Sloppy Handwriting? Five Benefits to a Paperless Hiring and Screening Platform.
The hiring process can be tedious. Generate an eye-catching job description. Sift through dozens, or hundreds, of applications. Decipher WHAT ON EARTH is written on said applications. Enter candidates’ information into data collection system. Find storage for applications, resumes and cover letters (there’s room in a back closet somewhere, right?). And that’s all before interviews
Student Ministry Makes Smart Move – Background Checks for Volunteers
There is a beautiful resurgence happening on a longtime religious property in Northwest Georgia. The Polk Haralson Christian Life Center in the Antioch Community, locally known as Camp Antioch, is now blossoming with visitors and wildlife after a major facilities upgrade project and a wildlife habitat certification from the The National Wildlife Federation. More than