In the Apostolic Faith organization, we consider it a God-given privilege to minister to our congregations and communities. We recognize that we must do all in our power to provide a church environment that is spiritually, emotionally, and physically safe for those who attend our services and events. That responsibility has its origins in Jesus’ directive to “Love thy neighbour as thyself” (Mark 12:31), and therefore is foundational.
Protecting those who attend our services is not just a spiritual and moral necessity, but it is also a legal imperative. It is our responsibility to familiarize ourselves with legal and insurance requirements, and strive to meet them. While we cannot prevent all accidents and emergency situations, we can take appropriate steps to minimize risk and equip ourselves to respond properly. Therefore, as an organization we strive to:
With these goals in mind, the Apostolic Faith Church has established the following policies, procedures, and operating guidelines. These directives apply to all services and activities that are part of the ministry of this organization in the United States. Thus, a copy of this Safety and Security Manual is to be retained in each domestic Apostolic Faith Church.
All staff and volunteers who serve in Apostolic Faith ministries are required to read the Volunteer Handbook produced by the organization. This Safety and Security Manual, the Volunteer Handbook, the forms mentioned in these books, and all other safety documents produced by the organization are posted on the corporate website at www.apostolicfaith.org/safety.
Nothing in this manual is intended to create a contract between the Apostolic Faith Church and its staff members, volunteers, or activity participants. It is provided only for the purpose of supplying general information about the church and its operating policies and procedures.
The Apostolic Faith Church reserves the right to modify, amplify, or suspend any or all of its policies and procedures, in whole or in part, at any time.
A safety management team at the Apostolic Faith headquarters in Portland, Oregon, is responsible for developing and implementing policies related to the safety and security of the organization’s churches and staff, volunteers, and attendees. That team is comprised of the senior pastor, the youth pastor, the Sunday school superintendent, the safety team manager, and other designated staff members.
The headquarters safety team serves as the liaison with the church’s insurance provider for the organization as a whole. Based on the insurance company’s recommendations, the team oversees the production and distribution of safety materials and required trainings. They also supervise the collection and retention of necessary documentation from Apostolic Faith branch churches in the United States.
Each Apostolic Faith Church pastor is expected to establish a local safety team which will be responsible for implementing safety policies and procedures within that church.
Local Safety Management Team Responsibilities:
Members of each local safety team should meet on a regular basis to discuss safety issues, risk management practices, and other concerns that could impact the safety or security of those who attend the local church or any of its activities.