The California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church

Important Notice Regarding Payment for Safe Gatherings

The Safe Gatherings abuse prevention, background screening and training program has been underway in the California-Pacific Conference for approximately two years. For the first year of the program, both the cost of the background check ($23 per person) and the administrative costs ($20 per person) were fully subsidized, thanks to a generous grant from Hub International. When those funds were exhausted, the Conference continued to subsidize the cost of administration using apportioned funds, but the cost of the background check reverted to the church or other salary-paying unit or agency.

Beginning July 1, 2017, the conference will no longer be able to subsidize the administrative cost. The full $43 will be charged to the church, salary-paying unit or agency for Safe Gatherings background checks and training initiated on or after July 1, 2017.

As a reminder, here is a breakdown of what is included in the costs:

The $20 covers:

The $23 covers:

Important Note Regarding Volunteer Certification:

Safe Gatherings certification for volunteers is transferrable from one Conference entity to another, provided the volunteer is within the three-year certification period. In other words, if a volunteer has been certified under one Conference entity and volunteers for another Conference entity within three years of the original certification date, completion can be verified within the Safe Gatherings system. The volunteer does not need to go through Safe Gatherings again until their three-year certification has expired.

Safe Gatherings Billing Process Effective July 1, 2017


For questions or further information, please contact:

Jan Hanson
Director of Human Resources
(626) 568-7317