Background Checks

About Background checks

Scriptures provide examples of how God's house is to be a community of protective nurture and harmony (Psalms 20:1-2, 27:4-5). As Christians, we are called to create a safe sanctuary in our churches. They must be holy, safe, and protective communities for all of God's children, regardless of age or ability. 

How my background check will be used:

Volunteers at Gateway Community Church are asked to submit information for a criminal history record search.

In cases where a potential volunteer has a criminal record, Gateway's executive staff looks at a number of criteria when determining whether or not to refer the individual to a ministry team. These include the nature of the crime, the number of crimes, when the crimes occurred and more.

Individuals who will not be referred for a ministry team include: 

  • A person convicted of a crime involving children
  • A person convicted of a serious crime, including, but not limited to murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, etc.
  • A person who has committed three or more crimes in the past five years
  • A person who has a felony conviction in the past five years
  • A person currently serving probation for any crime

Gateway does not limit serving options based on routine traffic-related violations..

Other individuals who have a criminal record will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and although a person who has committed a misdemeanor could still volunteer with children, students, etc., the nature of the crime could limit the volunteer role that person could have. For example, a person convicted of misdemeanor theft could be restricted from access to collecting funds / handling the offering, etc.

Information that is collected regarding a volunteer applican'ts age will not be used to determine eligibility to volunteer, but will be used solely for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information.