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Sep 21 2012

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Lauren Hunter Public Relations
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IconCMO Cloud-Based Church Software Partners with SecureSearch for Online Background Checks

Make Church a Safer Place by Integrating Background Checks with Your Church Management Software



Moorhead, MN, September 21,2012—Just like any other organization, churches must deal with security issues. Now more than ever, it is absolutely critical for churches to perform background checks on anyone and everyone who volunteers—especially when it comes to children’s ministry. IconSystems church management software has formed a partnership with SecureSearch pre-employment and volunteer screening services to make it simple for churches to obtain background information when recruiting staff and volunteers.

“We work diligently to provide high levels of security that protect churches’ sensitive information,” comments Bill Gifford, president of Icon Systems, Inc. “Our integration with SecureSearch will further expand this safe environment and give peace of mind to not only the church staff, but the entire congregation.”

Gifford adds, “For businesses in the private sector, background checks are a standard step of the pre-employment screening process. This isn’t always a common practice for churches. And unfortunately, churches aren’t immune to abuse, victimization, or fraud.”

How does it work?

For churches already using Icon Systems church software, the process is quite simple. First, the church must set up a SecureSearch account. Then SecureSearch and Icon Systems coordinate to connect the two systems together.

Once connected, churches can run background checks in three simple steps.

1.      Look up an individual’s name in IconCMO.
2.      Click a button to send the individual’s information to SecureSearch.
3.      Log in to SecureSearch to finish the profile and order the background check.

"Churches can rely on SecureSearch as their trusted partner with the very important process of protecting those that are vulnerable. We never sell just a single package or a one size fits all approach to screening those that work with children. Each staff member and volunteer needs to viewed uniquely and holistically when it comes to an effective background screening policy.” says Steve Durie, founder, president, and CEO of SecureSearch.

A convicted sex offender tries to attain a position at youth-oriented non-profit every 43 hours. We quickly provide nonprofits with compliant, accurate profiles so they can confidently make critical decisions about prospective staff and volunteers.

We hope the integration between IconCMO and SecureSearch will help churches establish practices that ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved with the church - especially children.

About SecureSearch
SecureSearch, a leader and trusted partner for faith-based organizations since 2006, (http://www.securesearchpro.com) offers full pre-employment screening for staff and volunteers and currently works with thousands of churches, camps, multi-site churches, para-church organizations, and other child and youth related for-profit and non-profit organizations. SecureSearch is now aligned and integrated directly with many church management software companies including Icon Systems as a way of making the process simpler for churches.

About Icon Systems, Inc.
Icon Systems, Inc. (http://www.iconcmo.com) has been a leader in the church management system industry for nearly 20 years, developing high-quality software exclusively for religious organizations from church plants to denominational offices. The company continues to enhance its cloud-based church management software with new features to meet the ongoing administrative and communication needs of the churches it serves. Icon Systems has three prominent offerings: 1) IconCMO - a web-based church management solution that meets the needs of individual churches, 2) IconCMO+ - a web-based multisite church management solution for multisite churches and churches with denominational offices on the local, national, and international level, and 3) Revelations - a single user or network-based church management software package. IconCMO/IconCMO+ also offer iPad, iPhone, and Android web apps for expanded productivity. Icon Systems has a deep software engineering heritage that has enabled its products to achieve unprecedented performance, reliability, and customer satisfaction.