Church Background Checks for Staff and Volunteers

Church background checks through Protect My Ministry are designed to help ministries implement and maintain a thorough background screening program for employees, staff and volunteers. Preventing sexual predators and violent offenders from working with children and youth is our primary concern.

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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 your 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 your ministry is being pro-active in trying to protect the children.

How long does it take for the background checks?

Turnaround time on submitted requests is typically same day – 48 hours. The industry standard is 72 hours.

What criteria should your ministry require for a background check?

As the data provided in the many databases searched is not equally maintained and accessed by each state, the universal criteria is hard to enforce.  For that reason it′s critical that you partner with a credible background screening company like Protect My Ministry.

Choose from cost-friendly background check packages through an intuitive online consultation. Recommendations are based on the quality of data available in each state and industry best practices.  At the very minimum the background check should cover Social Security Number Verification, National Criminal Search and Sex Offender Registries Search.

Who should you trust for background checks?

Thousands of ministries trust Protect My Ministry, a ministry background check company. One of the only background check companies that will do a free "re-verification" of records from the national criminal database for a volunteer, and to also do a "true" 50 state search on sexual offenders.

Protect My Ministry background checks are performed on secure sites and the online systems are tucked away in secure servers and locations with offsite backups.  Protect My Ministry is a Christian-owned and operated business, being 51% business and 49% ministry.  This business was started as the co-owners noticed that churches were not fully aware of the best sources for background checks or truly what they were getting.  

What is the price for background checks?

Protect My Ministry seeks to offer a balance between cost and comprehensiveness. Learn more about our services for church volunteer screening.