Laura J. Brown has posted the following reasons for carefully screening the worker:
• Deter child predators from applying to work in your ministry, reducing the likelihood of child sexual assault. • Demonstrate that your ministry has taken reasonable care to safeguard its members. • Reduce your liability in court if you should accidentally hire someone who commits a crime. • Help you learn if someone has been convicted of a crime in the past that may lead to future problems. • Offer a glimpse into the candidate's past work performance and why he or she is seeking a new ministry position. • Give you information about a person's character, skills, knowledge, and suitability for a particular position.
Mrs. Brown gives 4 tips for proper screening: “A thorough background screen includes four components:
1. Written application 2. Reference checks 3. Personal interview 4. Criminal records inspection