The Importance of Training Volunteers

Wayne Stocks —  August 16, 2010

1262266_21971210 Tony Kummer posted the following video last week on  I thought it was important enough to repost it here on Kidmin1124.

It is a scary tale of an attempted abduction of a nine year old girl at a church.  The attempt was thwarted by a well trained volunteer.  Someone from the church explains the training program that all volunteers at the church go through and the security procedures that they had in place.  I think this is an alarming reminder of the importance of training volunteers and being prepared.  What are you doing to train your volunteers?  Would they know what to do in this circumstance?  Fortunately, in this case everything worked out in the end.

Thanks to Tony for the original article titled Does Security Really Matter in Your Children’s Ministry?

Wayne Stocks

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Wayne is married to a wonderful woman and has four kids whom God uses to teach him on an almost daily basis. He is blessed to volunteer in a wonderful children's ministry at New Life Church Gahanna. He established Kidmin1124 for those who give their time to kids and feel passionately about children's ministry. When he isn't working on Kidmin1124, he maintains another blog at and contributes articles on a regular basis to

One response to The Importance of Training Volunteers

  1. Thanks for the repost! This is really a disturbing video and should push us to rethink our safety systems.