Screening in Faith Tip: Being Screened a Positive ExperienceWritten by Rev. Canon David Smith
Earlier I reported that I would need to be screened for my volunteer position as a home visitor. This ministry is definitely a High Risk position so I had to fill out an application form complete with three references. I supplied a Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search.
What was really an enjoyable and useful exercise was my interview. We had a great discussion about my faith journey and why I felt qualified and keen to do this ministry. We also had a great discussion about how I was to do my ministry,especially the details around reporting my visits and who I would be accountable to and who I could seek help from. After the interview I knew what was expected of me as I was given a good job desrciption.
I was also asked questions that were intended to discover if there might be reasons why I would not be appropriate for this ministry. So for example I was asked if I was ever asked to leave a job or volunteer position.
Even though I have been bringing Holy Communion to people in their homes, hospitals, and other settings for over 20 years I did not find the interview insulting. I will be doing a ministry that requires much trust. I will be in people's homes and could easily cause harm, so I was pleased to know that my parish wanted to protect and sevre parishioners in such a manner. And it was fun to talk about ministry.
The Rev David Smith is the Stewardship and Congregational Developement Officer for the Diocese of Ontario.