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Safe Church, Safe Communities Training

Safe Church training is grounded in our call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and respect the dignity of every human being. We are called to receive, nurture and treasure each person as a gift from God. As a diocese with congregations, schools, programs and many activities, we are called to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children, youth and adults to learn and grow in the love of Jesus Christ. To that end, we are committed to making every effort to keep our people safe.

Our canons specifically identify training needed regarding prevention of sexual misconduct against both children and adults as well as training in identification, reporting, and prevention of child abuse. We have several programs available to educate and raise awareness on these topics. All of these resources are available free of charge to all congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

This material has been significantly updated by the Episcopal Church and was formerly called Safeguarding God’s Children, Safeguarding God’s People. Until the Diocese of Newark is able to revise and update its policies and requirements, the suggested course requirements from the Episcopal Church are being used.

Online training (via is available for these Safe Church, Safe Communities modules:

  • Introduction & Theological Background
  • Organizational Rules and Policies
  • Healthy Boundaries
  • Power & Relationships
  • Abuse & Neglect
  • Inclusion
  • Pastoral Relationships
  • Preventing Sexual Harassment 
  • Bullying
  • Mandated Reporter

These modules are each fairly brief. If all modules are taken, the total time is approximately 3 hours.

For further information, contact Randy Johnson, at