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As followers of Christ in Seventh-day Adventist organizations in the North American Division, we believe it is our responsibility to nurture and protect the vulnerable within our communities, including our children and youth. The Central States Conference follows the North American Division policies and guidelines for child protection training.


Why a background check?

 “Church should be a safe place to bring our children. Everyone involved in work with children who are minors must meet all Church and legal standards and requirements” (Church Manual, Edition 18, pp. 168-169).


Who has to do it?

As part of this effort, those over 18 who are voted to serve within our churches or organizations, and those who are employed by the church and working with children and youth, are required to complete a criminal background check (FB 20) and child protection training through Sterling Volunteers. This should be completed every three years.


To complete training and a background check, Go to Sterling Volunteers:



When a volunteer’s background check results are determined to be eligible or non-eligible for duty, the Pastor or School Principal will be notified directly. The volunteer will also have access to the background check results through his/her login.


Training should take about 45 minutes. Screening Results should be available within 48-72 hours.


Technical Support issues associated with training and background check submission should be resolved by calling: Sterling Volunteers Customer Service - 855-326-1860, Option 3.

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