Safeguarding God’s Children & God’s People

Safeguarding God’s Children

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for the prevention of sexual abuse of children and youth. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve. If every adult can protect just one child, they will forever change one life. If we can all change one life, together we will make a difference in this generation of children.

SGC is required by the Diocese for each paid staff person, volunteer staff person of any church, school or diocesan entity, and volunteers who work with children or youth.

Safeguarding God’s People

Safeguarding God’s People (SGP) is a training program for the prevention of sexual harassment of church workers and sexual exploitation in communities of faith. The training intends to help participants understand the overt and the subtle, the intentional and unintentional ways in which exploitation and harassment occur in church, school and institutional settings. The aim of the training is to prevent exploitation and harassment by making everyone more aware of her/his words, actions, and intentions as we engage together in ministry.

SGP is required of individuals in congregations serving in the following ministries:

  1. Vestry members
  2. Stephens Ministers or our local version of this ministry
  3. Community of Hope
  4. Spiritual directors (those trained by FIND or similar programs)
  5. Ministers of any sacrament outside of any public worship (e.g. anointing for healing)
  6. Lay Eucharistic Visitors
  7. Hospital Visitors (authorized by the church)
  8. Life leadership / peer coaches
  9. Leaders/facilitators of:
    • Bible studies (leaders/facilitators)
    • Cursillo (those serving on Cursillo teams)
    • Christian Formation (for adults, e.g. EFM mentors)
    • Small group/ministries (lay leaders of specialized ministries, e.g. New Member Ministry)
  10. Licensed Worship leaders
  11. Licensed Preachers
  12. Licensed Catechists
  13. Lay Vicars
  14. Lay Chaplains
  15. Interns
  16. Persons who do field work (typically seminary students)

Classes for both trainings will be available throughout the year at the Cathedral and various locations.

Contact your ministry leader to start the registration process. Registration online must be completed before you can be invited to attend Safeguarding class.


Contact your council’s staff liaison.