Safer Sanctuaries: Train the Trainer

Safer Sanctuaries

Event Overview

Safer Sanctuaries: Nurturing Trust Within Faith Communities has launched. This updated and comprehensive resource sets the standard for leaders of faith communities to proactively engage in conversations, the creation of processes and procedures, and effectively respond to allegations of abuse in their ministry contexts. Safer Sanctuaries expands the definition of vulnerability and provides guidance and thought exercises for a wider variety of ministry settings than ever before.

The Safer Sanctuaries print resource and corresponding online course are available and designed for use by all serving various roles with vulnerable groups. The resource recognizes that by the nature of serving, leaders can find themselves in vulnerable positions as well, and provides guidance to prevent and limit vulnerability for a leadership position.

The purpose of this training is to train and update leaders with training responsibilities for district, conference, or episcopal areas of The United Methodist Church. By attending this training, attendees will leave prepared to train others in this resource. This in-person training, featuring Discipleship Ministries staff and authors of Safer Sanctuaries, is designed for leaders who oversee multiple churches, serve a connectional role over a geographic region, or have responsibilities for their Episcopal Area related to abuse prevention, risk reduction, clergy ethics, age-level ministries, camping ministries, district-level or conference-level leadership, and insurance management.

We recommend that at least one person with responsibilities for creating training opportunities for Safer Sanctuaries, risk reduction, or abuse prevention for their Episcopal Area attend this training. This training will be even more effective with a team or small group, so discuss and share this opportunity with your Annual Conference staff and determine if a group of 2-5 people might attend together. Opportunities to contextualize and localize the updated information shared are built into the agenda.

Registrants may book a room at The Westin, Kansas City at Crown Center for a reduced rate of $179 per night. Click here to book your room.

CEUs are available and may be selected for an additional $50 during registration. Please select the "Register Trainer + CEUs" option when registering for this event.

The Crown Center is located across from Union Station in Downtown Kansas City. With areas such as the Power and Light District and Riverwalk Market connected by the no-cost Kansas City Street Car, ample opportunities to eat well and fellowship outside of meeting times is as simple as walking out of the hotel.


  • November 28: Arrival day – welcome reception and connection, early evening
  • November 29: Full training day
  • November 30: Full training day
  • December 1: Morning processing session, hotel checkout and departure

Note: Registration includes continental breakfast, snacks, training sessions. Registration does not include lodging, transportation to/from hotel, parking, lunches or dinners.

Event Details

November 28, 2023 - December 1, 2023
12:00 AM CST - 12:00 AM CST
Kansas City, Missouri
The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
$149.00 | $199.00