Background Check Policy (Sample)

Background Check Policy (Sample) available free for your church administrative office along with Background Check forms (2)...

There are many churches today believe that any sound risk management strategy for your church should start with a thorough background investigation of all church employees including clergy before they are hired.

Background checks help churches protect children. Many churches are finding out the importance of running a background check ahead of time before you hire your employee. Some of these churches have learned this the hard way by unknowingly hiring sex offenders that put their children in danger. It pays to run these background checks no matter what it costs.

The process of church background checks begins with creating a detailed policy for background checks on every employee and some churches just do background checks on employees who works with children or youth or church finances. You also will need to create a background check authorization form.

You can find free background checks or you can pay for the background check services which is preferred by most churches. The free background services have to better than not doing a background checks at all. The paid background services go into a more complex screening depending on your organization or company. Most big organizations or big businesses use these paid services on a regular basis.

The Background Check Forms (click the link to access the two sample forms) and the policy below can be used as examples and a guide to create your own for your church but should not be construed as legal documents.  Please contact a legal professional for legal language for your specific state and organization.

The purpose of this policy for background checks (below) is to designate formal and routine procedures for making legal investigations of possible criminal history of persons who may be involved either with the children or with the finances of the church.

In this policy, the persons to be checked is the:

  • Minister
  • Director of Religious Education
  • Any adult, staff or volunteer who serves as a church school teacher, youth sponsor, nursery worker or anyone who serves in an ongoing volunteer position with the child or youth programs of the church.
  • Church Treasurer
  • Board President
  • Board Vice-President
  • Financial Secretary
  • Other persons now or in the future who will have or possibly may have contact with children or with money that the Board of Directors decide is necessary and consistent with the purposes of this policy.
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Church Background Check Policy (Sample)

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