What is a background check?

A background check is a “records” screening of an individual which can be as little as a one-county check or as in-depth as a Security clearance investigation. Public and private records can be searched once applicant consent is given.

Why do background checks?

A ministry that serves children and youth has the obligation to exercise “due diligence” with regards to protecting its members, especially the children.  By performing background checks on our volunteers our ministry is…

  • Putting up a safeguard at the “doorway” of the organization that will, in most cases, scare off sexual predators.
  • Offering peace of mind to discerning parents when choosing a church, by knowing our ministry is being pro-active in trying to protect the children.

What criteria should our ministry require for a background check?

At the very minimum the background check should cover Social Security Number Verification, National Criminal Search and Sex Offender Registries Search.  Click here for more information.

Who will get checked?

Generally speaking, anyone who works with minors.

Why can’t we just trust people at their word?

Sadly, in our present day, we need to use an unbiased and independent party to confirm that all of our children’s and youth’s workers are fully qualified.

Who will see my information?

Your information will be held in strictest confidence and will be seen only on a need-to-know basis.  Only our Admin & Human Resource Manager and the designated Elder will have the right to view the results.  Ministers and others might be informed as necessary.

What disqualifies a person from working with children or youth?

At the very least, anyone convicted of a crime against children or of a violent crime would be disqualified.

What if a disqualified person repents?

In a situation like this, the church could be criminally and civilly liable for allowing this person to have contact with our children.

What happens to the reports?

Each applicant is entitled to receive a copy of his/her report upon request.  The professional body appointed by the church will also keep a copy in their secured server.

Who will do the background checks?

We appoint Protectmyministry.com to do the task.

The main reason we choose protectmyministry.com is it provides online administrative tools that not only provides secured submissions, but also allows churches to track the screening process more effectively.  In addition, the information are kept with offsite backups.

Can I be exempt from the check if I had already done one with other organization?

Yes, you can be exempted from the check by providing us a letter from the organization that states you have done the check and the result is “cleared.”

Who is Protectmyministry?

Protectmyministry.com is one of America’s leading background screening companies serving mega churches like Willowcreek Community Church, North Point Community Church and Houston’s First Baptist Church, and ministries like the International Mission Board of the SBC, American Heritage Girls, and Awana.

Protectmyministry.com belongs to Priority Research, a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.

http://priorityresearch.com/industries-served/non-profit-solution/faith-based/

Our Elder, Jeffrey Zhang, has done a reference check on Protectmyministry.com. Click here to view the testimonies given by Willowcreek, North Point Community Church and Awana.

Is my information safe?

The online application form provided by protectmyministry.com is protected by a Secure Certificate Authority with 128-bit encryption. The connection is encrypted using AES_128_CBC, with SHA1 for message authentication and RSA as the key exchange mechanism. All information provided on the form is secure.

What information do I have to provide for a background check?

You just have to provide the following information:

  1. Full legal name
  2. Current address (living since what year…just put 01/01/xxxx for month & date if you couldn’t remember)
  3. Date of birth
  4. Social security number
  5. Gender
  6. Phone number
  7. Email address.

It’s a very SIMPLE background check.  We don’t check credit and motor vehicle record.  Click to view the sample application form & sample report

Click to view the Letter Issued by the Elder Board