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But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."Matthew 18:6

Child & Adult Protection Ministry

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The purpose of the Broadview Missionary Baptist Church Child Protection Program is to provide a safe and secure environment for the spiritual growth and maturity of children; to minimize the risk of exposing the Broadview Missionary Baptist Church, its employees, and volunteers to unfounded accusations or allegations of abuse.

This program is strictly enforced by the Church.


  • Abuse - Any intentional, reckless, or negligent act or failure to act that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, molestation, or exploitation of a child or that presents an imminent risk of serious physical or emotional harm to a child.
  • Adult - Natural person 18 years of age or older.
  • Child - Natural person under 18 years of age, unless legally emancipated by reason of marriage or entry into a branch of the United States armed services.
  • Coordinator - An adult member of the Church in good standing, appointed by the Church Board to implement and supervise all components of the Program.
  • Member - A natural person who meets the qualifications and fulfills the duties set forth in Article 1 of the Church Constitution and By-Laws.
  • Volunteer - A natural person, at least 11 years of age, who participates in ministry and related activities involving children. Note: Persons 11 to 17 years of age are permitted to serve in the Church nursery only as trainees under the supervision of adult volunteers.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Natural persons 11 years of age and older.
  • Members of Broadview Missionary Baptist Church in good standing for a minimum of 6 consecutive months.


The four-part screening process includes:

  • Application - Complete the application form.
  • Interview - Applicant personally interviews with two members of the Child Protection Program.
  • Criminal Background Check - Background check conducted through the national database.
  • Reference Check - Personal references provided by the applicant.

The Program Coordinator shall prohibit any employee or volunteer from working with children if the coordinator determines that the employee or volunteer...

  • has any prior history of abuse
  • may pose a threat to children
  • lacks the personality, experience, or temperament to work with children (based either on the employee's or volunteer's application/interview responses or information obtained during the reference checks).

For Further Information Contact:
Dea. Larry Tolbert, Child Protection Program Coordinator
(708) 547-4204
Sis. Karen Petties, Child Protection Program Administrator
(708) 547-4231