Safe Gatherings

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 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 $35.  That includes processing of two electronic references, a national and county of residence 7-year background check, national and state of residence Sex Offender Registry check, and the 1.5-hour online abuse prevention and boundary awareness training. Safe Gatherings administers the entire program, including review and processing of the background results.  Additional background checks, including motor vehicle report, can also be ordered for an additional cost. Please contact Safe Gatherings for that information.


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.

Click here to start the Safe Gatherings process -
Click here to log in to your Safe Gatherings application after you have completed your registration-

When the Applicants follow the above link, they will need to select:

-Language Preference (English or Spanish),

-Type of Organization (Church or Faith Based Organization),

-Denomination (Lutheran), and

 -State where your church is located.

Then, in the next field, they will start typing any part of your organization name, ex: Holy Cross Lutheran Church 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 log in to their account at any time to check the status of their application.


The Southwestern Texas Synod is part of Region 4 of the ELCA-Brandmark
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