Church Worker And Church Volunteer Employment Background check Screening

All churches face significant liability for the acts of anyone associated with the church.


It has been well established through the court system that Churches have a responsibility to conduct an employment screening background check on all church ministers, officers, employees, volunteers, drivers and anyone else that acts on behalf of or for the church in any way.

The risk is simply too high not to exercise the due diligence of a quality employment screening program.

The negative consequences of a single act by an individual can bring great trauma to the victims of sexual misconduct or assault but also serious harm to the greater church from which it may never fully recover.

The financial impact alone can be huge but many other factors should also be considered such as the stress of litigation and the negative impact of bad publicity on the church’s leaders and the congregation as well.

Remember, the church’s best defense and sometimes it’s only defense is having done a proper employment screening background check.

Our criminal records Smart Search Plus® has become the industry standard for a quality criminal records background check.

It includes the following:

1. A multi-state criminal background check Including a check of the  Sex Offender Registry (SOR) in all 50 states.

The Multi-State criminal background check also includes:

OFAC  Blocked List- Terrorist Watch List (Office Of foreign Assets Control),

INTERPOL Most Wanted- NS,

DEA Fugitive List,

Denied Persons List,

Debarred List,

OTS List- NS (Office Of Thrift Supervision),

Bank of England Sanctions List-NS,

European Union Terrorism Sanctions List-NS,

OSFI – Canadian Sanctions List- NS,

Australian Reserve Bank Sanctions List- NS

2. A 10 year social Security Number address history Trace

3. County or State criminal background checks from any county or State of residence based on the last 7 years social security number address history, from counties or states not already included in the multi-state criminal background check.

(This averages 1.75 additional county criminal background checks.)

These county or State criminal background checks are ordered for you automatically based on addresses shown in the applicant’s social security number trace.

Criminal records returned on the multi-state criminal are also verified in the jurisdiction of record by ordering up to date county criminal records as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

It includes an unlimited check of the Federal criminal records repositories in the states where the applicant has lived for the past 7 years.

It also includes a check of any needed state and county criminal records checks as well as a social security number address history trace, a multi-state criminal records database search and a check of of the sex offender registry in all 50 states.

It is the criminal records background check now chosen by most of our clients.

For a brief overview of all of our employment screening services, please Click Here

We Also Offer Pre-Employment Drug Screening.

For more information on employment drug screening: Click Here

Staying within the Law on employee background checks

There are numerous regulations about what information you are allowed to access, under what circumstances you are allowed to access that information, and which information can legally be used in a hiring decision.

Legally Complaint

All of our reports are FCRA compliant.

As with any other employer:

You must: Get the appropriate permission from the person concerned,

You must: Properly notify a person of a negative decision based on information discovered.

You must: Protect the confidentiality of the information.

You may not: Make a decision on data that was excluded by law for the type of position for which the person was being considered.

The church also must comply with data security and record retention requirements and needs to fully comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) as well as any other state laws which have jurisdiction not only over credit information, but other types of personal data as well.

For a brief overview of employment screening laws in your state: Click Here

Our Automated Employment Screening provides an applicant controlled process that allows
FCRA compliant background check forms, including Electronic Chain-Of-custody  forms
and  releases to be completed online by the applicant.

We provide several short   videos   to  easily acquaint you with the system.

This makes the background check process fast and easy.

Please   Click   or call for more information.

Call Us now at    800-459-3034  and begin ordering instant driving records and background checks within minutes or:


A price list will be promptly e-mailed to you.


None of the information contained in this web site should be construed as legal advice. All forms, policies, information and procedures should be reviewed by your legal counsel before being used in any way.
updated 05/2020

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