Thanks for your interested in serving with Imago Dei Kids! 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.
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 & Family office 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.
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 prospective
volunteer's file and securely. If overall references are negative, the applicant will not be asked to
serve with Imago Dei's children and families, student ministries, or security.
Training For Imago Dei Kids
Applicants must read and understand the "job descriptions" given to them along with
the "policies & procedures" that their leaders will go over when they observe in a classroom.
New volunteers will be directed to our website to read through the function of our ministry,
saftey and procedures, and what to expect in the classrooms. If the leaders have reservations,
then an evaluation will occur and the applicant may be asked to stop volunteering.
Membership (for leadership positions)
For those who desire to lead an area of Imago Dei Kids, student ministries, Childcare, or
Security , we ask that you would 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.
We want to provide our children & families with a safe environment. That includes volunteers who have never been involved in sexual abuse or other crimes that could put our children at risk. Because we have this standard, it requires us to have every person who applies to work with our children go through this background check. Every applicant will go through the following steps to ensure that our children will not be in danger. If any of these requirements are not met, an applicant will be denied access to working with our children.
Volunteer Opportunities of Interest
Which service times are you available?
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.)
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 pled "no contest" to any type of abuse?
Have you ever participated in; been convicted of; pled guilty to; or pled "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 (sexual, drug, alcohol, abuse, etc) that you are currently struggling with?
If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions an Imago Kids director or pastor will contact you for further discussion.
Please list three people who know you well (not family members) & 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.
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.