Adult Application for Children's Ministry Staff
Calvary Bible Church encourages qualified persons within the church to apply for service in one or more areas within the Children's Ministry. This process will include:
- This completed application form which must be submitted to the Children's Ministry Leadership Staff
- An interview with the Children's Ministry Leadership Staff
- A complete reference check
- Have currently attended Calvary Bible Church for at least 6 consecutive months
In order to provide a safe and secure environment for our children and to minimize the church's and your own vulnerability to accusation, we have adopted the following application form. The information contained in this form will be kept confidential and will be disclosed only to those who have a reasonable need to know.
**You must be 18 years old or older to fill out this application**
Calvary Bible Church Children's Ministry
In an effort to provide a safe, secure environment for our children, Calvary Bible Church has adopted several guidelines that are to be strictly followed:
I. Staffing Qualifications
- Membership - All positions of leadership, including all directors shall be members of this church."All those that teach the Word of God in the ministries of this church shall be members. All leaders, directors and teachers shall be approved by the Elders."
- Six Month Rule - a staff prospect must first have currently attended Calvary Bible Church for at least six consecutive months before being considered for a ministry position.
- Application & interview - All staff prospects are required to complete the appropriate application (youth or adult) and sign the Covenant and Staff Guidelines an interview may be required.
- Adult Chaperones and Supervisors - All adult chaperones and staff members must complete the "Application for Children's Ministry" form before participating in any overnight activities with the child.
- Exclusions - Adults who have pleaded guilty or have been convicted or adjudicated of child sexual or physical abuse will not be permitted to minister with children.
- Suspected Cases of Child Abuse - Staff members who suspect child abuse should promptly contact the Executive Pastor. If needed, a "Incident Report" will be completed. Staff members should be aware of the clues to recognizing child abuse. See "Keys to Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect".
II. Nursery Child Protection Policies
- Security System - Children will only be released to the individual with the proper claim ticket. This system is designed to ensure children are safely dropped off and released. Siblings are only allowed to pick up children if they are 6th grade or older.
- "Two Worker Rule" - There should always be at least two adult workers present when caring for children. At no time is a worker to be alone with a child or children. If you are the only worker present, do not accept children. Ask a parent to stay until another worker arrives.
- Diaper Changing/Restrooms - Male workers may not change diapers or take children to the restroom. When taking children to the restroom leave the door open slightly.
- Medication - Volunteers are not allowed to dispense any type of medication to children.
- Redirection and Time-out - If a child becomes frustrated or aggressive, redirect their attention to another toy or activity. If this is unsuccessful, a brief timeout may be used (maximum of 3 minutes). If child's aggressive behavior continues, please contact the parent. Do not raise your voice or spank any child!
II. Child Protection Policies
- "Two Worker Rule" - There should always be at least two adult workers present when caring for children. At no time is a worker to be alone with a child or children. If you are the only worker present, do not accept children. Ask a parent to stay until another worker arrives. At bathroom breaks, two adults must be present. In the classroom bathrooms, one adult may assist a child but the door must be left ajar.
- Parental Permission - If a staff member has a legitimate reason to be alone with a child ( e.g., an out of church activity), he or she must first obtain parental permission to do so. For all off-campus activities that are sponsored by the church, a signed "Parent Permission Release Form" must be obtained for each participating child. These forms are available in the mailroom.
- Accountability - In order to protect the children, staff members are to personally hold each other accountable. Any inappropriate behavior should be reported to a ministry leader. Examples of inappropriate behavior would include the following:
A. Spanking or physically striking a child
B. Harsh yelling at a child
C. Forced restraint (except when a child is in danger of hurting himself or injuring another child). In general, any activity that is unduly harsh (whether by neglect or commission) or any activity that is questionable sexually should be carefully avoided.
4. Physical Contact - Workers will not normally hold children older than Kindergarten age in their laps.
Calvary Bible Church
Expectations for Ministry Partners
Faith - I profess and active faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and seek to grow in full discipleship to serve Him.
Support - I promise to support the ministry, leadership, Constitution and Statement of Faith of Calvary Bible Church in our efforts together to be faithful for the Great Commission.
Training - I will make every effort to attend training programs and Sunday morning in-service sessions for the sake of the children I serve.
Preparation - I will pray and prepare in advance lessons prescribed by the Children's Ministry Leadership so that I am effective when I arrive for my ministry
Team - I will commit to excellence by arriving on time for my teaching or service. I will notify my leader when I will be absent and find my own replacement.
Pray - I will pray for those under my ministry charge and the ministry as a whole.