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Protecting our Vulnerable

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.  Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” — Proverbs 31:8-9


Our objective is to shape our church culture so that we can prevent, recognize, and respond to abuse.


Certification by G.R.A.C.E.
Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments

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Safeguarding Team

Cheryce Berg, Director of Children’s Ministries

Julie Clemens, Director of Disability Ministries

Randy Jahns, Elder

David Bea, Elder

Ian Smith, congregant

Laurie Smith, congregant

Training and Certification at College Church

College Church has zero tolerance for abuse. We are committed to being a church where children and STARS are provided a safe place to respond to the Gospel and grow in their faith.

Together, we are being equipped to prevent and respond to abuse in ways that honor the Lord and provide a light to world around us. 

With a strong conviction that we are called to emulate God’s heart for the vulnerable, College Church partners with G.R.A.C.E. to maintain a comprehensive safeguarding certification.

Policy Communication and Training

In 2019 –

  • G.R.A.C.E. conducted on-site training for leaders and for the entire congregation.
  • The Safeguarding Team was established, consisting of two elders, three pastoral staff members, and two congregants.
  • A revised Protection Policy was distributed to the entire congregation.

Ongoing Policy Requirements –

  • Every ministry worker agrees to a background check before working within a ministry.  This background check is repeated every three years.
  • Every ministry worker is required to complete Mandated Reporter Training, in accordance with State of Illinois guidelines.
  • A minimum of two unrelated ministry workers are required to provide care in any ministry setting.

Read the Protection Policy for the complete set of guidelines.

Required Video Training for Ministry Partners (password protected)

If you attend College Church and need access to these videos, please contact Christy Chiodras.

Safeguarding - Introduction
Part 1 – Facing the Reality of Child Abuse in the Church
Part 2 – Responding to the Impact of Abuse
Part 3 – Understanding Offenders and Their Tactics
Part 4 – Your Role in Prevention and Response
Safeguarding Q & A
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