Educational Programs

Safe Church Training


It is the charge of every Christian to respect the dignity of every human being, to that end we offer Safe Church Training.

Safe Church Training protects not only volunteers and employees, but also those under their charge. By raising the awareness of leaders, everyone is safer.

Safe Church consists of two courses: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Adult Sexual Harassment & Exploitation Prevention. Volunteers such as Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, and youth camp staff are required to take “A Safe Place for Children.” All clergy and employees of the diocese and its congregations are required to take both courses.

The courses are offered at least twice yearly, usually in the late spring and in the early fall.  The next session is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, September 7, at the Diocesan Ministry Center in Tonawanda.  The Church: A Safe place for Children will run from 9 a.m. to Noon. The Church: A Safe Place for Adults will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Register for this session!

Safe church is now easy to do online. Register with the diocesan office, and then finish the short modules assigned to you on your own time, in your pajamas. Each module, shorter and more specific than our current face-to-face classes, is intensely interactive in nature, has study guides to print out that will enable you to really cement your learning, and has a quiz at the end to ensure that you’ve absorbed the main points. Once you’ve registered the first time, you don’t need to do so to refresh your learning in future years, or take new or different modules. The diocese can see which modules you’ve done and when, and so it is more convenient than ever. And it’s free!

Safe Church Policy

Seeing the Face of God in Each Other: Anti-Racism and Diversity Training

As this training is scheduled, it will be announced here.  At this time, the next training dates have not been set.

Upcoming Lay Training Sessions

June 8
Treasurer & Audit Team Training
Diocesan Ministry Center, Tonawanda

On Saturday, June 8 (please note, this date has changed from the previously announced date in May), there will be a treasurer training from 10-11:30 am and an audit team training from 12:30-2:00 pm at the Diocesan Ministry Center.

Who should attend?
Anyone who is relatively new to the position of treasurer in their parish, anyone who wishes to be trained as an audit team member, and/ or current treasurers and audit team members looking for a refresher.

To make sure the parishes in most need for these trainings are accommodated we ask that every participant be recommended for the training by their parish leadership (priest, warden or vestry).

Application is found here:

We look forward to seeing you at this much-requested training day!

August 10
Worship Leader Training
Diocesan Ministry Center, Tonawanda

Worship Leader Training August 10th from 10 am-3 pm at the Ministry Center, 1064 Brighton Rd, Tonawanda.

If you lead morning prayer as the principal Sunday service in your parish, please speak with your priest or warden (if you do not have a priest in your parish) and have them apply on your behalf for a Worship Leader at

If you have already applied for this License this is the training you have been waiting for so mark your calendars.

If there are any questions please contact Michael Brown at 716-881-0660.