Did You Graduate From Cheap Background Checks for Churches Yet?

background checks for churchesOk, I had to ask.  I’m really not trying to make you feel guilty if you are still studying for the final exam. And let’s be honest, we have all flunked a test or two and learned from our mistakes and become better for it.

Seriously, I just want you to understand how cheap background checks for churches are wrapped up in pretty packaging.  I hesitate to use the word deceptive but I think it is fair to say misleading.

Misleading is no big deal if we are talking Coke versus Pepsi.  However, the safety and security of your church is an entirely different matter.

We also need to understand that cheap background checks are the norm in the church market.

If an employee at Walmart harms a child while at work, it will be a big news splash.  But it will not impact Walmart’s brand image much.

But churches are not Walmart.  We are talking about the safety and security of children, members, visitors, finances and the ministry.

One harmed child will impact that child for their rest of their life.  It might destroy their faith.  And it could destroy your ministry especially if it could have been prevented.

My advice to prospective clients who are shopping by price is to have them ask themselves how they would feel sitting across from a mother and father and telling them that their child was harmed.  And it could have been prevented but the budget was tight and you were trying to save $8-$10.

Is it worth the savings?  No way. Kids are precious and need to be protected.

The problem is we have all been victims of great marketing.  Prior to starting Safe Hiring Solutions, I assumed a criminal background check would consist of an instant database search.  Wow, did I have a lot to learn and I was a detective.

So we are here to give you more guidance.  Most days I feel like I am swimming upstream with one arm as I tackle a giant volunteer screening marketing program based on profit not safety and security.

Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).”  So let’s look at the truth in background screening.

Background checks for churches cannot be done for $10.  Sorry.

Pastor Rick Warren, author of Purpose Driven Life, requires all volunteers at Saddleback Church, including his wife, to submit to a comprehensive fingerprint background check.

A quality criminal background check for churches should include:

  • Social Security Verification
  • National Criminal Database Search
  • National Sex Offender Search
  • County Criminal Search

The screening package must:

  • Not be limited to 7 years.
  • Include alias and other names

Contact Safe Hiring Solutions today to complete your graduation to comprehensive criminal background checks.

Your Turn:

Did you know that quality background checks could not be done for $10?