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

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