We have a sacred obligation to make sure the Church is a place where everyone is safe. Implementing Safe Church protocols is an answer to the call to love God and our neighbors and to respect the dignity of every human being.
The diocese instituted several changes to safe church training in 2022. In response to recent questions, we would like to clarify the requirements and instructions.
Who needs Safe Church certification in the Diocese of Maine?
Safe Church certification is required of clergy serving in Maine, Sunday school teachers, leaders of adult groups, acolyte leaders, prayer team leaders, and people involved in faith sharing with minors and young adults. All people who receive lay licenses, vestry members, and congregational and diocesan staff are required to have current Safe Church certification.
How do I become Safe Church certified in the Diocese of Maine?
Safe Church training and certification takes place online in two parts: Part A through Praesidium Academy and Part B through the State of Maine. The instructions on how to access these online platforms is in a document that you can download above or here.
Once I’m set up with Praesidium (Part A) what modules (courses) do I need to take?
Everyone takes five modules; the three listed below along with two electives from the full list of available courses through Praesidium Academy:
- Introduction and Theological Background
- Abuse and Neglect
- Organizational Rules and Specific Ministry Policies
Who needs to complete the State of Maine Mandated Reporter training (Part B)?
Everyone is required to complete the State of Maine quiz here.
Where do I send my certificates?
Following completion you will have two certificates – one from Praesidium Academy and one from the State of Maine.
Please send copies (either print or digital transcript as an email attachment) and distribute as follows:
- Lay: one for your records and one for your church office
- Clergy: one for your records, one for your church office, and one to the diocese
Find instructions on how to obtain your completion certificates on the downloadable instructions above.
Is re-certification necessary? When?
To keep your Safe Church certification current, you need to do these things every year:
- Complete any module from Praesidium Academy (if possible, don’t retake a previously completed module)
- Retake Part B, State of Maine Mandated Training
- Submit your certificates as described above
See more FAQ’s here.
Are you unsure of your certification status? Check with your church office.
If you encounter any challenges completing your training or need to be signed up for Praesidium, please contact Wendy Kopera.