At Bethany First Church of the Nazarene we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our children and youth. We do this by asking all our volunteers and employees to complete a screening process, attend training classes, and to undergo criminal background checks. We then provide them with practical and protective policies that they can implement while working with our youngest and most vulnerable population.

The General Church of the Nazarene

Zero Tolerance

"The Church of the Nazarene has adopted a zero tolerance policy for sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior with minors. All workers, leaders, and pastoral staff are to be above reproach in their conduct and to act in the best interest of others. This requires not only that they themselves refrain from engaging in any abusive or suspicious behavior involving minors; they will also be required to report without delay to the proper authorities anyone seen engaging in such behavior."

- The Nazarene Board of General Superintendents

Visit the General Church of the Nazarene website: Nazarene Safe


Our Process

Screening Process for Adults

  • Complete a Volunteer/Employee Application
  • Provide references
  • Complete a background check
  • Face to face conversation with ministry leader
  • Review and sign the Church Policies Statement
  • Complete the Sexual Abuse Awareness Training Program
  • Depending on the ministry of interest, volunteers need to have attended BFC for six consecutive months before starting.

Screening Process for Youth Volunteers

  • Volunteer Application
  • Provide references to be checked
  • Review and sign the church policies

Safety Policies

Policies for Children's Ministries

Policies for Youth Ministries

Policies for Recreation Ministries

Forms

Personal Reference Form

Ministry Volunteer Application

Release of Records Form