Safe Spaces Ministry

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The Safe Spaces Ministry serves to ensure that policies and procedures necessary for keeping ministry safe in order for sacred space to be created are developed, reviewed, appropriately presented and training provided for members of the Tennessee Annual Conference.  The work of the committee is funded through apportionment giving as allocated through the CCOCM budget on an annual basis. The CCOCM, the Nashville Episcopal Area Office of Ministerial Concerns and the Tennessee Conference Board of Ordained Ministry work collaboratively to guide this vital ministry.



Safe Spaces Ministry is committed to creating Safe Spaces that become Sacred Spaces with the ministries of the Tennessee Conference. This ministry includes the following teams:

Healthy Boundaries/Sexual Ethics
Safe Sanctuaries
Conference Response Team

Chair: Rev. Terry Carty


Healthy Boundaries/Sexual Ethics Team – guides the portion of the Safe Spaces Ministry tasked with reviewing policies and implementing training opportunities in the best practices to create and maintain healthy boundaries for ministry.

Safe Sanctuaries Team –  guides the portion of the Safe Spaces Ministry tasked with reviewing policies and implementing training opportunities in the best practices to protect children, youth, and vulnerable adults participating in ministry as well as those who serve in ministry in these populations.

Conference Response Team –  members are trained advocates who provide care and pastoral support for both those experiencing situations requiring a trained advocate as well as those accused of perpetrating situations that would require a trained advocate. The role of the Conference Response Team is one of care-giving, not investigation. Conference Response Team Coordinator –  Rev. Lanita Monroe, Shelbyville First UMC, (931) 684-2535.

Brad Fiscus

Healthy Boundaries/Sexual Ethics Team Staff
Safe Sanctuaries Team Staff
Conference Response Team Staff
Safe Spaces Lead Trainer

Background Checks Made Easier for TNUMC Churches

Our new background check system is up and running.  It is important that your church has a current background check, updated every 3-4 years, for each person serving in ministry at your church. This includes both paid and volunteer ministry leaders.

Get started keeping your ministry safe

To start you will need to register with TRAK-1. With your registration you will receive two systems.

  1. TRAK-1 is the background check system. The TNUMC conference has paid your start-up fees. You are only required to pay for the background checks you request.
  2. The Smart-TRAK system will help you manage your volunteers and staff as well as know when their background checks expire. You can even record when they received training.

Get started today by simply filling out the form at the TRAK-1 Page. Thank you for your desire to create Sacred Spaces by ensuring it is a Safe Space.

Additional Services with Fees

Through the Smart-TRAK System you have the ability to utilize online Safe Sanctuary Training. There is an additional fee per training.

If you would rather have someone from the TNUMC Safe Sanctuary Team provide training for your church, complete the form below.

If you have any questions, call Brad Fiscus at the TNUMC office at 615-327-1533.

Safe Sanctuary Training Request

  • A minimum of 10 persons is required for a conference trainer to come onsite. If you expect less than 10, please invite other churches or congregation members.
    Please enter a number greater than or equal to 10.
  • We will share those dates with our available trainers, they will contact you to finalize a time. We will also provide the advertisement pieces for you to use to promote the training. You should plan for this training to last up to 3 hours.


Meetings & Trainings

Apr 24

Nashville Area BaSE Foundations Training

April 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Apr 24

Nashville Area BaSE Foundations Training

April 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Apr 25

Nashville Area Safe Sanctuaries Training

April 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Making a Report

All allegations of sexual misconduct with minors or vulnerable adults occurring in the State of Tennessee will be reported to the appropriate governmental agencies, as required by mandatory reporting laws of the State of Tennessee.

To report a concern of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, or sexual violence by a church professional contact the District Superintendent which your church exists. To see a listing of District Superintendents, click here. If you cannot reach your District Superintendent, please contact the Conference Response Team Coordinator listed above.

Armed intruder – preparing for the worst

Recently, our country has been plagued by catastrophic acts of violence. We have seen that violence can occur at anytime and anywhere. The good news is there are steps you can take before, during, and after an attack to minimize the damage done and maybe even save lives.

  • Before: Look for warning signs of violence and take preventative action.
  • During: Train and empower your people to make decisions during an attack to preserve life.
  • After: Determine strategies to respond to and recover from a crisis.

Every organization should be proactive in preparing for violent attacks. Your actions have the potential to reduce or even prevent a crisis. View Church Mutual’s Armed Intruder information for ways to protect your people and organization, or contact Risk Control Central at

Playground Safety Checklist

Each year more than 200,000 children visit hospital emergency rooms because of playground injuries. Approximately 15 children die each year because of playground injuries. Many playground injuries can be prevented. Use this checklist to examine your playground so that children can run, jump, swing and slide to their heart’s content-safely.  Download the Safety Checklist.