Safe Gatherings

About Safe Gatherings

The Presbytery  of East Iowa is committed to ensuring that we provide safe places of worship and fellowship to everyone we serve.  As part of that commitment we are providing information on Safe Gatherings as a resource for you in this important area.

Safe Gatherings is an online abuse prevention program that screens and educates staff and volunteers to help prevent abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults in group settings. When employees and volunteers are trained to identify potential abusers, recognize the signs of abuse, and know how to handle reporting, they are better equipped to prevent abuse.

When using Safe Gatherings, upon successful completion of the application, background and reference checks, and the online training program, each applicant will receive documentation of approval valid for two years, and will have continued access to the online training program for an entire year.

The price per applicant for the individual church program available through the Safe Gatherings website is $45.  That includes processing of two electronic references, a national and multi-county of residence 7-year background check, national and state of residence Sex Offender Registry check, and the 1 1/2 hour online abuse prevention and boundary awareness training.


Contact the Safe Gatherings team at or 888-241-8258 to provide the contact information for your church or group.

As soon as the church or group is set up within Safe Gatherings, your applicants will be able to follow the links below to begin their Safe Gatherings approval.

When the Applicants begin the application process, they will need to select:

  •  Language Preference (English or Spanish),
  •  Type of Organization (Church or Faith Based Organization),
  •  Denomination (Presbytery), and
  •  State where your church is located.

Then, in the next field, they will start typing any part of your organization name, ex: Westminster, and a list will appear in a drop-down menu where they will select the organization name where they are seeking approval to serve.

Individuals can login to their account at any time to check the status of their application.

Click here for a tutorial for applicants

Click here for a tutorial for administrators