Every single person who seeks to work with children should complete a written application, providing details including basic information, previous experience with child care, previous church affiliations, employment history, references, and disclosure of any criminal record. Be sure to check each reference provided, preferably from places when the applicant has worked with children.
Next, order a criminal background check. Even in smaller congregations where the applicant is well known, this step cannot be skipped. If your applicant has any convictions related – or even referenced – to violent crimes or sexual misconduct should immediately be withdrawn from consideration. We strongly recommend a waiting period of 6 months involvement at the church for newer members before they are allowed to care for children, to give your leadership a better chance to get to know and evaluate the individual.