Many churches in Ga do the training/ background check thing when you teach VBS........ I know my wife is a school teacher and still has to have it done if she teaches VBS, even though the one she goes through at school is more comprehensiveMy wife and I are members of a large church in Birmingham. We spent over 10 years caring for children in the nursery and preschool during worship service. Never did anyone ask us to submit for a background check. It was very disturbing to me. This is exactly the situation that pedophiles and molesters look to exploit.
For this reason, I went to the church and children’s program administrators and expressed my concerns. They looked at me like I was a nut job.
I said “Look, I coach youth basketball, baseball and softball. Before any coach or assistant can set foot on a field or court, you must agree to a background check. Is it too much to ask that the church do the same, especially in situations when so many are left with minimal oversight or supervision? Remember , just because this is a church doesn’t mean everyone walking through those doors is a saint...”
Six months later, they started background checks.