The Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church Board has approved a set of policy guidelines to help protect the children of our church and community against child abuse. We recognize that no set of policies can ever guarantee the protection of our children. We thank God for His grace in the past, present and future protection of our children; for as in all areas, we are ultimately dependent upon His grace and not our own abilities.
Every person who wishes to work with children from nursery through youth, first of all, needs to have attended Five Forks Church regularly for 6 months. Then, they fill out two forms asking for personal information, areas of interest, and background information. They then are interviewed by a pastoral staff member before they can fill a position of working with children or youth. Two state clearances are done on all volunteers who are in leadership positions, those who go on overnight outings with children or youth, all paid staff persons, and those who patrol the physical building and parking lots during services.
Each year, the church provides training to all volunteers in the area of Child Abuse: how to detect, how to report, how to avoid. Files on all volunteers who serve at Five Forks are updated each year. Feel free to contact our church if you have any questions regarding this policy.