Frequently Asked Questions
- Is the Covenant only for churches or can organizations and projects use it too?
What actions will be rejected as unsuitable?
The Covenant is the first step for churches to develop the management and support of their youth worker, so the requirements for accreditation are intentionally broad and fairly easy to fulfill. However, actions that are too general or vague will not be accepted for accreditation. For example, an action that says “We will try and pray more this year for our youth worker” is a general intention rather than a specific action. “We will add the needs of the youth worker to our prayer list for our monthly prayer meetings” is much more specific and will be suitable.
How is it decided if the actions we promise are suitable for accreditation?
Each application will be reviewed by a member of our US Team who will decide if the actions are suitable for accreditation.
What if we have more than one youth worker?
Churches only need to accredit themselves once and it applies to all their workers. You can add the names of more than one worker when you apply online or, if you’re using the paper version, add them on a separate piece of paper. For larger organizations, with over 10 staff, contact us and we’ll make special arrangements to administrate your application.
What if we can’t think of two actions for every promise?
You’ll need two actions for every promise to be accredited, but you can include things you already do, as well as new ones. Alongside the ideas in the booklet, we’ll be publishing more examples of what churches have been doing on our website. If you’re really stuck, try connecting with other churches and working on the Covenant together.
Why do we have to pay for accreditation?
Most of the cost of developing the website, producing the booklet, etc. has been covered by fundraising. All those involved in the development of the project have felt strongly enough about it to give their time freely too. However, there are costs in administrating the applications, running the web site and promoting the Covenant. For that reason we make a very small charge to help cover these expenses.
The Covenant is for both churches and organizations, so schools projects, youth projects and others can apply for accreditation too.