Volunteer Sign-up

Thanks for your interested in serving with Imago Dei Kids Eastside Gathering! We believe that ministry to our children is vital to the health of our families and church. At Imago Dei, we are committed to providing our families with a safe & secure ministry environment. That includes volunteers who have been screened and have been cleared to work with children. Because we have this standard, we ask every person who applies to work with our children to go through an comprehensive background check. Every applicant will go through the following steps to ensure that our children are as safe as possible. Thanks for your willingness!

Step 1 - Form Application

This form is used to help find the right placement for each volunteer and to gather basic
information for future communications. References are a crucial part of the process, and we will
not be able to process your application without them.

Step 2 - Criminal History Checks

We ask all of our volunteers to fill out the sheet that authorizes Imago Dei to run a criminal
history check. Once the Children's Ministry team has obtained the authorization sheet, they will
run a criminal history check. If an applicant has a charge against them for the sexual abuse of
a minor or any other crime that puts our children at risk, the applicant will not be able to serve
within Imago Dei's Children & Families ministry.

Step 3 - Reference Checks

Each applicant will need to to give the names, addresses, e-mails & phone numbers of three
references. Those three cannot be family members, they must have known the applicant for at
least three years, and be able to recommend them for ministry with children. The Children &
Families staff will contact each reference either by phone, in person, or by e-mail. Once the
check is done it is a requirement for the office personnel to document the questions asked and the
answers given along with the date and time. These references will be added to the secure prospective volunteer's file. If overall references are negative, the applicant will not be asked to
serve with Imago Dei's children and families, student ministries, or security.

Step Four - Training For Imago Dei Kids

Applicants must read and understand the Volunteer Training Manual given to them through a link. New volunteers will be directed to our website to read through the function of our ministry,
safety and procedures, and what to expect in the classrooms. If there are any questions about this manual, please contact the Children's Ministry Director, Ashley Brassea, ashleyb@idcpdx.com.

(This will be a requirement when our membership process is updated. Please pass by Step Five for now.)

Step Five - Membership (for leadership positions)

For those who desire to lead an area of Imago Dei Kids, student ministries, childcare, or
safety team, we ask that you be a member of Imago Dei Community. This is important for
legal, liability, and value reasons. We believe the leaders in our ministry should be yoked with
core values of Imago Dei, and participating as family.



Application for Imago Dei Kids Eastside

If you are completing the application for Eastside Kids, please know that we need our volunteers to serve in the classroom that has the biggest need for helpers, and so we will be in communication with you about which age group we need to place you with.

If you need to communicate why certain ages won't work, please feel free to email Ashley Brassea at ashleyb@idcpdx.com so you can work together with how to move forward. We can be flexible in most cases.

In which ministry are you applying to serve?

 

 

 

 

 






Volunteer Information

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Please take some time to look over the core doctrine of Imago Dei Community, as the ethos of these beliefs will be communicated with our kiddos throughout the year. (Be sure to right click the link and open a new tab.)

http://idcpdx.com/connect/beliefs/




We ask these next questions in order to establish an openness and awareness of any difficulties in your past. Christ is our reconciler and we practice His mercy as His family, but the Church is also called to be a community that values open disclosure, security and well-being as we serve the children in our ministry. While the answers to these questions may not preclude you from working with Imago kids, our intent is to foster a culture of transparency.

* Please answer carefully, if we discover later on that you've miss-answered or been evasive in your answers, we will ask you to step out of working with Imago kids and families indefinitely.*

     Are you under church discipline/restoration at any other church?

     Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than a traffic violation?

     Have you ever participated in, been convicted of, pled guilty to, or plead "no contest" to any type of abuse?

     Have you ever participated in, been convicted of, plead guilty to, or plead "no contest" to any type of sexual misconduct?

     Have you ever been convicted of a crime involving the welfare, health, safety or victimization of a minor?

     Are there any addictions that you are currently struggling with?




References

Please list three non-family members who know you well and would recommend you for ministry with children. Preferably, they will have known you for at least three years, can testify to your character, and have seen you with children before. Please leave phone number and/or email address of each reference.

Reference 1:

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Reference 2:

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Reference 3:

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References Waiver & Application Process Agreement

By placing my initials in the box below I certify that all the information in this application is true & I waive the right to inspect references & the right to hold the church non-liable for damages that may result from such evaluations.  I also understand that I cannot serve anywhere within the Children & Families Department without a criminal history check. 




Criminal History Authorization

Filling in the form below acts as a signature and I hereby request that Imago Dei Community do a criminal history check on me which will release any information which pertains to any record of convictions in its files or any criminal file maintained on me whether local, state, or national.  I hereby release Imago Dei Community from any liability resulting from such a disclosure.

I understand that I may obtain a copy of the report & will be given the opportunity to challenge the accuracy & completeness of this report & obtain a prompt determination as the the validity of the challenge before a final decision is made by Imago Dei Community. 

I further understand that I may not be allowed to serve in the department of Children & Families at Imago Dei Community until this background check is completed. 



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