Church Background Checks. Be Safe, Not Foolish!
Church background checks are not a new concept. They have simply become easier to perform in a complicated society.
When placing any person in a position of responsibility over people, it is essential that a background check is performed on them. It is showing concern for the person him or herself, as well as for the people he/she will be facilitating and/or responsible for.
“He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.” 1 Timothy 3:7
Have you thought about this: even a cleaning crew has full access to the church assets?
What about vendors? They too have access to your property.
Churches are not exempt when it comes to the requirement to perform “due diligence”. Church leaders have both a Heavenly responsibility as well as an earthly responsibility to protect the people of the church. In many states it has become a requirement by insurance companies to perform church background checks.
Unfortunately, many churches choose the “cheap” and rocky route of “free” or nearly free background checks. This sloppy imitation IS the enemy! It will not convince a judge nor jury of “due diligence”, nor will it fool God. See our section on Background Checks to evaluate the pros and cons of unlicensed investigations.
Beware the dangers of free and/or unlicensed background checks
We had a friend run a background check of their own on a person we chose. We knew this person had a record as a child molester, and was a registered sex offender. We did not reveal this, and waited for the results she would pull. You guessed it. She did not find this information in her “background check”. If it were up to her, she would have hired him on as the new nursery attendant!!!
Local licensed private investigators are often willing to negotiate rates with a church, understanding the financial limitations of smaller churches. We do. We can perform affordable and accurate church background checks.
Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations. It may sound like an overused marketing scheme, but in this case, it is truth.
No matter what you do, please be security minded and do your church background checks! Protect God’s people. He is watching.