The new Rio Texas Conference Safety Certification Ministry, TRUSTed Confianza is off to an incredible start. In 2017 (August-December), 877 persons submitted an application with Safe Gatherings and 640 persons completed a TRUSTed Confianza online or in person training.
Districts and Churches have gathered for in-person trainings and participated in online training together. First UMC, Kerrville had 134 persons participate in their in-person training. First UMC, New Braunfels welcomed 74 to their in-person training. El Buen Pastor UMC. Edinburg recently gathered 42 of their staff and volunteers to attend an online training together.
The Safety Task Force wants to extend their appreciation and gratitude to every individual, church, and district participating in this process and to the churches and districts encouraging persons in this work.
The Rio Texas Conference Safety Task Force is looking forward to continuing this work with you in 2018.
There are several resources and opportunities to help churches with this work:
TRUSTed website with information and links to resources, trainings, and more!: riotexas.org/safe
riotexas.org/saferesources (articles, research, templates, and other information for safe ministry)
riotexas.org/safesteps (an overview of the entire safety certification process)
riotexas.org/safetrainings (informational and how-to webinars as well as certification trainings)
TRUSTed Facilitator ministry: March 23-24 we will be training facilitators to lead TRUSTed con Confianza trainings throughout our conference. The training and commissioning of these facilitators will increase the availability of certification trainings throughout our conference and ensure a faster and more efficient certification process.
The keynote for this important event will be Rev. Joy Melton, the author of the safe sanctuary books and resources. If you or someone you know is: passionate about the safety of children, youth, & vulnerable adults; has the gifts to teach and lead trainings; and is called to become a TRUSTed con Confianza trainer, we invite you to apply now: riotexas.org/safe
Tips for moving through the certification process quickly: riotexas.org/safesteps