The Rio Texas Annual Conference is committed to the well-being of every person entrusted to its care as well as those persons entrusted to the care of the districts and local United Methodist Churches throughout our conference borders. Therefore, we will strive to create safe places for all of God's children. Our safety policy and procedures helps us to do this holy and hard work.

Check out the information and links below to help you in this work

Four Pillars for Safe & TRUSTed ministry

Screening: Background and reference checks on all persons who work with children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

Resourcing: Resources to help churches create, adopt, and live into their policies. 

Training: online and interactive trainings that ensure all persons working in ministry with children, youth, and vulnerable adults will be prepared and equipped to do this important work.

Accountability: Churches, district, and conference staff working together to ensure that our ministries are safe. 

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New Online Safety System

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Safe Gatherings- an online tool that will help streamline the Safety Certification process for our conference. Safe Gatherings provides screening (references and background checks) and part of the training for the Rio Texas Trusted con Confianza certification process. Staff at Safe Gatherings will work with you to make sure all of your staff and volunteers are approved and trained for working with children, youth, and vulnerable adults. 

Set-up your church/ministry account with Safe Gatherings

Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen walks through the steps to set up your church's account with Safe Gatherings. This video if for those who will serve as their church's Safe Gatherings Administrator.

Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen walks you through the steps to create your individual Safe Gatherings account.

UPDATE: Rio Texas Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Safety Policy

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The members of the Rio Texas Conference approved the new Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adults Safety Policy at the 2017 Annual Conference. This policy will go into effect immediately following the close of Annual Conference 2018.

The safety task force is working diligently to post next steps, resources, and training dates. Visit this page and the links below for for updates and new resources as they come available. You might also want to check out Growing Together, a new blog with online resources. Plus a podcast will be launched soon!

If you would like to be notified of updates please contact:

For more information view an introduction to the policy here

Safety Policy Informational Brochure

Safety Policy FAQ's

If you have questions or input regarding the Policy, the Trusted con Confianza safety certification, or the safety task force please contact Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen at