The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Southern Ohio has approved an updated and revised Safe Church Education and Training policy for the diocese at their meeting on April 26, 2018. It is the expectation that this policy be adopted by all vestries for their congregations.

A major change in the updated policy is that online Safe Church training through Praesidium is now an approved training for all paid and volunteer church personnel. A few live trainings will be held each year for those unable to complete online training. Announcements of live trainings scheduled will be widely distributed when they occur. Trainings are being set up for June and August, with dates to be announced.

Re-certification of Safe Church training every five (5) years is still required. Re-certification for those who have previously completed either live or online training can be done by taking a 20 minute refresher module online.

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Introducing new Learning Portal

A new Learning Portal has been established to make online training easy to find and complete. Just visit to get started. A link to the Learning Portal can also be found on the home page of the diocesan website,

Watch e-Connections for announcements as other training resources are made available.