Expanding abuse reporting requirements: Texas, South Carolina, Colorado and National Trends

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Legislative changes to child abuse reporting statutes can significantly impact daily operations of these organizations. Leadership must stay abreast of statutory changes in abuse reporting requirements.

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Preventing arson: Is your church vulnerable?

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According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), arson is the leading cause of fires in the United States, resulting in more than $1 billion in property loss each year. USFA recently reported that approximately 30,500 intentional structural fires occurred over the last year. By nature, places of worship are often easy targets for arsonists. Here’s how to protect your church.

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Board duty is serious business!

“It is paramount to understand that even when the Church agrees to indemnify directors of boards to the maximum extent allowed by law, directors remain personally liable for their actions that breach board duties.”

People of faith are frequently mission-driven and ministerially oriented. For many of these, volunteering is often considered more privilege than obligation. When such folks have managerial or leadership experience, or when they possess special expertise or have received professional education and training, it is not uncommon that they volunteer to serve the Church via board membership and activity. It is critically important to recognize, however, that even highly educated, skilled and experienced people do not necessarily understand what board service entails and requires of them.

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Protecting international ministry members from Ebola

As a provider of international evacuation for its clients — including many churches — Arthur J. Gallagher fields Ebola questions quite a bit, especially in recent months. Here’s what you (and your ministry teams) need to know.

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Beware of inadequate limits of insurance

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Insuring for less than full value is a common problem among churches. By “value,” I mean the replacement cost of a building, not the depreciated actual cash value or the market value. Underinsurance is common for several reasons.

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Safety Strategies: The vast frontier — and associated risks

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In a smaller, more technological world, we can’t afford to underestimate proactive, collaborative safety and risk management strategies. The Ebola crisis has all of us thinking differently, for the time being. Unfortunately, our sensitizing is hard to sustain with so much information hitting our radar screens.

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Fires and substantial loss: how to ensure you’re insured

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Every day, five churches are damaged by fire in the United States. At that rate, a church in your state would catch fire every 10 days! It happened 1,800 times last year, causing more than $98 million in damages to religious properties.
When was the last time you and your senior staff sat down and considered a contingency plan for a fire which seriously damages your church?

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Never Again: The Little Things Really Do Count

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When it comes to risk management, a few extra steps — literally — can prevent a tragedy.

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Ambushed in the church parking lot

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Examining mandatory reporting of “reportable” sexual offenses involving minors

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Driver screening, policies and training

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Limit auto liability exposure with proper risk management

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