Providing ministry in a safe environment should be easier thanks to a new relationship established by the Mississippi Conference.
The conference and Trak-1 Technologies are working together to provide thorough, low-cost background checks to every church and church-related agency within the annual conference. These background checks became available March 1 via a link on the conference web page (http://www.mississippi-umc.org/backgroundchecks).
For as low as $9 per person, the church will have the availability to run a multi-state criminal and sexual offender search plus a Social Security trace which will verify the person’s identity. For a slight increase in price a motor vehicles check can also be run to inform the church of the driving record of those transporting persons within a congregation and community.
Taking advantage of the opportunity is easy. Simply fill out the downloadable service agreement and fax it to Trak-1. Upon its receipt, churches will be given the information needed to begin running background checks. In accordance with federal and state laws, a written consent is needed to run a background check on any person, whether for the purposes of employment or volunteer service.