Asbury UMC is committed to the well-being of every person entrusted to its care. Therefore, we will strive to create safe places for all of God’s children. Our safety policy and procedures helps us to do this holy and sometimes difficult work.
Safe Gatherings is our partner in ensuring our staff and volunteers are trained and certified to work with and keep children, students, and vulnerable adults safe while in our care.

If you would like to volunteer with Asbury, please follow the 3-step guide outlined below to begin the certification process. If you have any questions, please contact our Office Manager.

1. Register with Safe Gatherings

  • Go to
  • Click on the red Get Started button at the top of the page.
  • Fill out the online application (see Application tips below)
  • Safe Gatherings will go to work processing the background check and reaching out to the applicant’s designated references.

Need help? Check out this Tutorial.

2. Complete the Safe Gatherings Training Course

This is an approximately 60-90 minute presentation of information on safety guidelines and best practices. Persons will take a test at the end of this training. This course is taken through

3. Attend a Trusted Con Confianza Certification facilitated sesson

This is a 2 hour interactive experience that can be taken online via a webinar or in person via a scheduled workshop. For training dates and times, check out:

4. Recertification (every two years)

Trusted certification lasts two years. Prior to the expiration of your certification, Safe Gatherings staff will contact you regarding your upcoming renewal. For information on the recertification process check out: steps for recertification.