Good Shepherd

What is Good Shepherd?
Living Word’s Good Shepherd Program is designed to help reduce the risk of abuse or injury to infants, children, youth, and vulnerable/older adults who participate in our programs. We strongly believe that we must strive to protect children, youth, and vulnerable/older adults from all forms of maltreatment, so this program tries to be as comprehensive as possible.

Who should complete the Good Shepherd Program?
All persons desiring to volunteer in programs with children, youth, or vulnerable/older adults must be Good Shepherd certified in order to participate.

What is the Good Shepherd Rapid Response Book?
The Good Shepherd Rapid Response Book addresses the mandatory response to four categories of emergency situations that may arise in spite of our best efforts to keep children, youth, and vulnerable/older adults safe through the Good Shepherd Program:

· Imminent Danger (Fire, Tornado, Intruder)

· Physical Injury

· Missing Children

· Reported or Observed Abuse
Feel free to read our full Good Shepherd policy.

BEGIN HERE if you are a YOUTH certifying for the first time.

Use the ADULT link below if you are an adult seeking to be certified to work with youth!

BEGIN HERE if you are a YOUTH re-certifying.

Use the ADULT link below if you are an adult seeking to be re-certified to work with youth!

If you are an ADULT and need to re-certify your Good Shepherd, START HERE

Otherwise, if you are an ADULT certifying for the first time, START HERE . The first-time certification process will ask for three references. When you have finished the forms process, please copy this Reference form link and send to those 3 people.

You will receive an email notification when your file is complete. Should you have any questions, you may contact Pastor Greg Finfrock at

To certify or re-certify AS A SCOUT LEADER start here.

If you are NEW to SCOUTS, follow these steps:

Step 1 – Good Shepherd Application for SCOUT VOLUNTEERS

Step 2 – Download this Powerpoint PDF

Step 3 – Use the PowerPoint file to help you with this QUIZ for SCOUT VOLUNTEERS

Step 4 – Read the AGE SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for SCOUT VOLUNTEERS and submit form

Step 5 – Authorize a background check for SCOUT VOLUNTEERS

Step 6 – copy and email the link below to the references you listed on the first GOOD SHEPHERD APPLICATION

Reference form for SCOUT VOLUNTEERS