I read recently on Church that Vision 20/20 has created a free online sex offender locator’s tool that lets you search for predators within a specific community. The tool not only shows you the location of each registered sex offender in you community but also allows you to learn more about each sex offender including what offences they have committed and a what they look like.

This is a great resource for church security departments who want to be aware of and be able to recognize people who visit their church who have previously been convicted of a crime such as “lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years” or “child pornography.”

Sadly, did you know that 16% of boys and 20% of girls are sexually molested before their 18th birthday? It is our responsibility to keep the children safe while attending church. Be aware of what threats may be living just a few blocks away.

Just out of curiosity … does your church or place of employment do any background checks on teachers or staff?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. WendyC says:

    Trey, here in Australia is is law to run checks before letting anyone work with children, in a paid or voluntary position.

  2. Pastor David says:

    Enjoy your blog- Yes, we do background checks and have guidelines in place to try to prevent this from happening. Thanks for this link.

    Pastor David-

  3. Anonymous says:

    In my state, all public school employees must submit to background/fringerprint checks.

    Also, we keep a list of registered sex offenders of our county at each school so that we can be aware of anyone who volunteers in classrooms. In our district, we never allow students to be unsupervised with a volunteer, such as sitting in the hall reading, doing flash cards, etc. Volunteers must be working with students in the classroom, under the direct supervision of a teacher.

  4. nb says:

    Oops! I meant “fingerprint checks”.

  5. nb says:

    Oh, and to clarify: If someone shows u[ on the sex offender list, of course they are not allowed to volunteer in the school.

  6. Theresa says:

    I love this post…because it deals with safety of the kids. I think it is a great idea to occassionally check out who are posted on the sex offender boards. You never know who you might recognize, a lawn care worker, an ice cream man, a neighborhood store clerk, an air conditioner service person, or a garbage person. The people that don’t necessarily take care of the kids but may have momentary access are a very real danger.

  7. john dobbs says:

    Other Dangers:

    *Some of the people that show up on those sex offender sites were arrested and charged … but sometimes those charges are dismissed… or sometimes people plead guilty to things they did not do in order to make it go away quickly. I know of circumstances like these… difficult, I know.

    *If a sex offender is honest and wants to attend church, they will inform the church leaders and submit to circumstances that keep kids safe.

    *Sex offenders need to be loved by Jesus’ people as much as anyone else. That does not mean that our children must be exposed to them.

    Just wanting to temper the mob a bit … should one develop … which it hasn’t so far!

  8. TREY MORGAN says:

    John … Excellent, most excellent point.

  9. Di says:

    HI Trey! As usual you charge right into the hard topics and give them the attention they need. Yes, the church I attend does background checks and the police have actually been called on one babysitter who was reported. Tom, my pastor, not only is very supportive of my own dealings with pastoral sexual abuse but takes this stuff very seriously. He once worked with a priest who was in charge of cleaning up all the messes in the Catholic Church and that was 25 years ago! It left a deep impression. God was preparing Tom for his support of me, long before I ever set foot in the door.

    As a teacher I have access to another site and actually had a student last year whose father had a record. I went to the administration and they already knew the details. The father had contacted the schools as soon as they moved into the region.


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