Our mission is to provide watch care, safety and protection while modeling grace and servant leadership.
• To provide a safe and secure environment for all who worship, visit, work and volunteer at Calvary Church.
• To be unobtrusive and to promote an atmosphere conducive to a healthy worship experience.
• To champion the vision, purpose, and mission of the Calvary Church by building relationships that bring people to dynamic life in Christ.
• To be a disciple maker who is constantly taking the next step in their faith journey here at Calvary Church.
There are two parts of your Church Safety Team. There is the Safety Team whom we typically seek volunteers with a background in law enforcement, military service and security for these roles. There is also the Medical Team which includes people like doctors, EMTs and nurses. These groups often work in tandem so it’s vital to understand each other’s roles and protocols.
Calvary’s Safety Team members are expected to complete all of the listed requirements prior to becoming an approved, active member of the Safety Team. The requirements have been developed to protect you, our guests and the ministries of Calvary Church. As well, many of the requirements afford you the opportunity to become a part of the Calvary family in a deeper, more meaningful way. Regardless of what area of ministry you have been called to, our goal is to help everyone take the next step on their Faith Journey.
Ethics and Conduct
One of the basics of any position of trust, but especially when in charge of the safety of others, is having ethics and behaving appropriately at all times. The following attributes are foundational to our serving as a Safety Team Member.
• Honor Others Above Yourself. Be courteous, conscientious, professional and respectful. Educate people with humility rather than scolding them.
• Perform all Duties Completely, Correctly and on Time. Team members must understand that their actions are an important ministry. Their actions reflect their training (or lack thereof). Team members should never cut corners or be late with reports and communications.
• Be an Example for Others. Safety team members model what being safe looks like through their actions on and off duty.
• Be Faithful. Team members should understand that they have committed to doing something on behalf of the Church and God. They must honor this commitment by working scheduled shifts and attending trainings.
• Be Wise. Keep information confidential. Answering a question about the closest fire exit is one thing. Sharing the safest and least safest areas in the building is not. Example: Team members should always ask themselves why someone is asking about the safety plan and answer with care.
• Be Discreet. Team members will likely learn private information about congregants. Knowledge of this information can help and is never for gossip
All members of the safety team must understand their priorities.
• Attend Church Services. Safety Team participants must be an example to the rest of the congregation and a big part of this is maintaining their relationships with Christ. Working too many shifts can interfere with this. We will schedule team members equitably.
• Spend Time with Their Families. Every obligation comes with sacrifice. Any time a member reports for training, meetings or duty they are losing time with their families. We will make sure volunteer schedules don’t affect their home lives. Your family is to be your first and most important ministry.
Safety Team Expectations
- Participate in ALL required Safety Team trainings
- Possess a current Florida Class W, G or Law Enforcement credentials (If serving as an armed Safety Team member)
- Complete the annually firearms qualification under the direction of Safety Team leadership
- Comply with the Safety Team Policy Manual
- Abide by all Safety Team SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures)
- Be aware and in compliance with ALL Florida firearms statutes
- Commit to serving on the Safety Team at a minimum of twice per month
- Be willing to serve at Calvary special events as needed and called for
- (Unarmed Safety Team members are exempt from firearm requirements)
1. Covenant Membership Class
Become a Covenant Member of Calvary Church and have completed Covenant Membership for a period of six months prior to serving on the Safety Team.
Completing Covenant Membership at Calvary Church begins the process.
2. Safety Team Interview
The Safety Team Interview is with the Safety Team Director or his designee.
3. Safety Team Application
4. Level II Background Check
The background check is scheduled after submitting the Safety Team Application. A Calvary staff member will contact you for scheduling a fingerprint appointment.
5. MinistrySafe Training & Test
MinistrySafe Training and Test is required for all Calvary volunteers. It is a priority that all volunteers are trained and equipped in our sexual abuse policies to keep safety a priority for our kids and students, volunteers, and staff.
Carefully read the instructions on the attached form.
*Note – There is a video within the form that you must watch.
*Note – After completing the form, you will receive a test that must be completed. Simply completing this form alone does not fulfill the requirement. Once the test has been completed, this step will be fulfilled.
* Note – When you receive the test link, scroll to the bottom and check the box that you have watched the video. The green “Take Quiz” button will be activated. Select the “Take Quiz” button, to take the 25-question quiz.
*Note – There are 10 additional videos within the MinistrySafe link. The videos are not a part of the requirement. You are free to watch them to have a deeper understanding of the content if you choose.
6. Abuse Acknowledgement Prevention Form
Complete the Abuse Prevention Acknowledgement Form
7. Safety Team Acknowledgement Form
8. Safety Team Code of Ethics Form
Complete Safety Team Code of Ethics Form
9. Submit Copy of Credentials
Provide a legible and large copy of your W, G, or LEO credentials to Lead Administrator or at email@example.com
10. Complete Firearms Safety Class, if armed
Complete Safety Team Firearms Safety Class – if armed
Firearm Safety classes are scheduled as needed.
11. Complete Range Qualifications
Complete successful range qualifications every 12 months.
Range qualifications are scheduled as needed.
12. Age, Substance, Criminal History Qualifications
Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
No addiction to alcohol or drugs.
No criminal history involving crimes of moral turpitde.
Must be willing to abide by all Safety Team expectations.