This post was last updated on June 23rd, 2020 at 11:04 am.
Just like any other organization, churches must deal with security issues. Now more than ever, it is absolutely critical for churches to perform background checks on anyone and everyone who volunteers – especially when it comes to children’s ministry. Icon Systems church management software has formed a partnership with Secure Search pre-employment and volunteer screening services to make it simple for churches to obtain background information when recruiting staff and volunteers.
“We work diligently to provide high levels of security that protect churches’ sensitive information,” comments Bill Gifford, president of Icon Systems, Inc. “Our integration with SecureSearch will further expand this safe environment and give peace of mind to not only the church staff, but the entire congregation.”
Gifford adds, “For businesses in the private sector, background checks are a standard step of the pre-employment screening process. This isn’t always a common practice for churches. And unfortunately, churches aren’t immune to abuse, victimization, or fraud.”
How does Secure Search work?
For churches already using Icon Systems church software, the process is quite simple. First, the church must set up a SecureSearch account. Then SecureSearch and Icon Systems coordinate to connect the two systems together.
Once connected, churches can run background checks in three simple steps.
- Look up an individual’s name in IconCMO.
- Click a button to send the individual’s information to SecureSearch.
- Log in to SecureSearch to finish the profile and order the background check.
“Churches can rely on SecureSearch as their trusted partner with the very important process of protecting those that are vulnerable,” says Steve Durie, founder, president and CEO of SecureSearch. “We never sell just a single package or a one-size-fits-all approach to screening those that work with children. Each staff member and volunteer needs to be viewed uniquely and holistically when it comes to an effective background screening policy.”
Both IconCMO and SecureSearch hope the integration between the two companies will help churches establish practices that ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved with the church – especially children.
SecureSearch (http://www.securesearchpro.com/) offers full pre-employment screening for staff and volunteers and currently works with thousands of churches, camps, multi-site churches, para-church organizations, and other child and youth related for-profit and non-profit organizations. SecureSearch is now aligned and integrated directly with many church management software companies including Icon Systems as a way of making the process simpler for churches.