Child Protection

Shielding our little ones from abuse

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Sterling Volunteers Training

Sterling Volunteers is a program that trains you to recognize and to protect children from various types of abuse. The Southern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists requires all who take part in children's ministry to complete it.


Several important points:

  1. Everyone who is at least 18 years old and who works in ministries involving children at the College Church must take the training. This includes:
  2. all Sabbath School volunteers
  3. all club leaders and other volunteers (Pathfinders, Adventurers), including those who would supervise a field trip or any other activity
  4. and anyone else who works with children.
  5. The required part of the training will likely take 1–2 hours.
  6. You don't have to complete the entire training at one sitting. If you stop, the system will save your place.
  7. There are two required sections about protecting children. After you finish them, the system should take you to the required background check. If it doesn't, do one of the following:
  8. Log out and then log back in again, or 
  9. Log in, then click My Account in the yellow bar, then the Screening tab.
  10. If it still doesn't take you to the background check, call 978-365-4551, ext. 617, and speak with April Montoya at the Southern New England Conference.
  11. After the required training, there are several optional sessions available. 

More resources

  • Southern New England Conference of SDA general information.
  • North American Division of SDA and Southern New England Conference of SDA resources.