Frequently Asked Questions
Sexual Misconduct Training
How often should I take the sexual misconduct training?
The sexual misconduct training should be taken at a minimum every two years.
Who should take the sexual misconduct training?
All clergy and candidates for ministerial orders, employees, appointed or elected officials, and volunteers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E. Church) shall be required to take the sexual misconduct policy training approved by the Bishop of the District.
If I had training on my job do I have to take the A.M.E. Church training?
Yes you are still required to complete the church’s training per the policy contained in The Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 2012 (p. 274).
What if I do not have access to a computer and need to take training?
If the local church does not have a computer and/or internet service, schools, libraries, or community centers may provide access to resources needed to take the training on the World Wide Web. Pastors or Presiding Elders may suggest sites at local churches or district venues for opportunities to attend the training.
Have Policy or Procedure Questions?
If I completed a background check on my job do I have a background check through the A.M.E. Church?
Yes you are still required to complete a background check through the Church per the policy contained in The Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 2012 (p. 274).
Who is required to complete a background check?
All candidates applying to the Board of Examiners for itinerant or local orders and pastors receiving first pastoral assignment or who move to a different pastoral assignment, all persons (clergy and non-clergy) assigned, appointed and/or employed to positions within the A.M.E. Church and/or employed to positions within the A.M.E. Church involving the care and supervision of children must undergo a mandatory background check.
How often should I complete a background check?
Bishop DeVeaux has indicated background checks are to be completed once during this quadrennium.
How do I complete my background check?
Go to the link for background checks at or to https://www.ministryopportunities.org/Application.aspx?oid=2578
and complete the requisite information to request a background check. Then mail a check for $14.95 to:
Attn: Rev. Dr. Linda E. Mouzon
1134 11th Street, N.W. Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20001
■ Laity: Contact your Pastor or Pastor’s designee for specifics on your church's process.
Pastors: Need more information? Visit or contact your Presiding Elder.
What will happen if I refuse to complete my background check?
You not be allowed to work with children in any capacity in the church. In addition, failure to sign a compliance statement will result in referral to the Ministerial Efficiency Committee, or in case of non-clergy to the Steward Board for disciplinary action.