LEGAL Archives - Church Executive


What you should know before recruiting a church intern

church internship

Many churches recruit interns as a way to provide ministry experience for students. Guidelines for unpaid internships have changed.

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5 signs you might be due for an insurance checkup

church insurance check-up

Check-ups for church insurance help to assess the church’s needs and determine if limits are accurate. This ensures lack of overpayment and full coverage

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Concerned about a cyber breach? There’s a plan for that

cyber security

Cyber exposures pose a potential threat to your church. Learn about the likelihood of a cyber breach and how to prepare and respond to any attacks.

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Risk control: a key element for successful ministry

Risk management and control

Most recently in our series on moving “beyond insurance,” we examined Risk Retention. Now, we undertake the next step in our journey: Risk Control.

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7 strategies for dealing with sex offenders at your church

Close-up of woman looking out of the corner of her eye.

If a sex offender wants to attend your church — or is already worshipping with you — how would you respond? Roll out the welcome mat? Exclude them entirely? Try to find middle ground? These are questions church leaders regularly face.

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Preventing cyberattacks

CyberExposures

How much do you know about cybersecurity and cyberliability? Is it enough to keep your church safe from massive data or financial loss?

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Intellectual property considerations for church leaders

Intellectual property protection law and rights, copyright and patents concept. Protect business ideas and headhunter concepts.

By David O. Middlebrook Churches are some of the most creative places on earth. Every week, church staff is called upon to create sermons, songs, Bible and Sunday school lessons, music, books and teaching materials, and all other kinds of creative works. Churches routinely use media — such as movies and audio clips — to […]

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Don’t risk A LOT for a little! Focus on: risk retention

Risk-control with options from minimum to maximum

Together in our journey to move “beyond insurance,” we have thus far examined the first two steps in that process: risk identification, analysis and evaluation, as well as risk avoidance. Now, we undertake the next step in our journey: risk retention.

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Protecting your church’s right to religious expression

Love is patient

Since the beginning of the United States, marriage has always been subject to detailed rules.

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Examining church bylaws

A Book

The purpose of bylaws is to reflect how your church operates, as well as to provide protection and structure. The bylaws contain a detailed framework of operations, and what seems important to the church in this season might not be in the next. So, you need to have a framework that can change.

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