aintaining a safe environment
for children, students, and their leaders
Willow Creek takes seriously its responsibility to uphold safety as a primary value, both for children and their leaders. By ensuring ministry environments that are emotionally, physically, and spiritually safe, minors and vulnerable adults (those with physical or developmental disabilities which may leave them susceptible to harm) are free to experience God's love for them and experience authentic Christian community without risk or fear of harm.
Willow Creek's Protection Ministry seeks to emulate Proverbs 27:12 (NLT): "A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”
How does Willow protect children and students?
Willow has developed a network of people dedicated to providing safe environments for children, students, vulnerable adults, and their leaders through Elder-mandated participation in our churchwide protection strategy:
- Careful screening. Any teen or adult whose role includes interaction with minors or vulnerable adults is carefully screened prior to beginning their role. Screening includes an application process, character reference checks, and a national background check. Willow helps ensure that these volunteers and staff are well-qualified to work with children, students, or vulnerable adults.
- Training. Willow provides thorough initial training to each volunteer and staff member prior to the start of their ministry role. In addition, each ministry that works with or among children provides ongoing training specific to its ministry's needs.
- Supervision. Willow's robust supervision program allows ministries to carry out their missions while safeguarding minors and vulnerable adults against emotional, physical, or sexual abuse by upholding guidelines and boundaries within each ministry. Willow helps ensure that minors and vulnerable adults are never placed in a setting where neglect, harm, or abuse could occur.
How does Willow protect staff and volunteers?
Willow Creek is committed to placing the best possible volunteers and staff to work with minors and vulnerable adults. Staff and leaders—both teen and adult—are free to engage wholeheartedly in their ministry role without fear of false accusation because Willow's protection strategy implements its guidelines and policies thorough a system of checks-and-balances.
How can I learn more?
Willow is committed to providing a safe environment where God's children of all ages can learn freely about His love while enjoying protection from harm while in our care. To learn more about Willow's protection screening process and guidelines, contact the Protection Ministry at (224) 512-1920.