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Helping you protect those who matter most

In the last few years, verdicts and settlements from sexual abuse have increased, reviver statutes have opened up the opportunity for claims related to decades-old alleged activity, and abuse issues are making headlines on a regular basis.  While insurance carriers can’t do much to reduce claims from historical activity, some are making a concerted effort […]

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Prepare, prevent, respond

Steps to take before — and, God forbid, after — an allegation is made Insurance carriers — by instituting requirements and guidelines for acquiring coverage — have done a great job of bringing about change and moving church clients toward having a child protection policy in place.  Indeed, with respect to our own church clients, […]

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THE RISK OF SEXUAL ABUSE IS REAL

How to help protect children in your church’s care It’s a sad reality that child sexual abuse is still a major issue in our country — and church environments are no exception. According to MinistrySafe, an organization that helps churches reduce the risk of child sexual abuse, there are more than 60 million sexual abuse […]

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3 churches, 1 challenge

  Third-party ministry accounting, payroll services can be a Godsend for church leaders who are overwhelmed, uncertain — or both By RaeAnn Slaybaugh  Change is hard — but does it need to be?  Surprisingly, if we’re talking about outsourcing your church’s financial systems and processes, the answer is no.  At least, that’s what these three […]

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Unique coverage for a unique ministry: Mountain Mission School

Mountain Mission School provides an education and Christ-centered home for students from all over the world. Church Mutual Insurance Company’s specialized coverage helps them do it safely, year after year. By Dawn Bernatz Nestled in the mountains of Grundy, Va., Mountain Mission School (MMS) might look like a regular K-12 campus — but inside, it’s […]

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Now is the time to prepare for winter weather

By Eric Spacek Don’t look now, but winter is right around the corner. Even if your facility is in a warmer climate, lower than average temperatures can cause costly building-related issues that disrupt your mission. Now is the time to winter-proof your property so you’re not caught unprepared. Here, Eric Spacek, assistant vice president – […]

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Church security: helping worshipers feel safe

By Eric Spacek Violence is an all-too-common occurrence in the United States these days, and churches are certainly not immune to armed intruders. Over the past decade, a number of  mass shootings have taken  place in houses of worship — events that are sure to test the faith of even the most stalwart of believers. […]

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Ready to refinance?

Consider these in-the-trenches, professional perspectives   Church Executive: With interest rates as they are, is it still a good time to consider refinancing? Charity Kuehn: Every situation is a little different. There will be times when you’ll be forced to refinance during a higher-interest-rate environment because your loan comes due. If so, there are lots […]

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Weighing the cost of waiting

  By Chris Lewis Over the last year, a dramatic shift in interest rates has served to stall a large portion of refinancing efforts. The difference in the rate a church is currently paying, and the existing market rates, is substantial in many cases. This is creating an appropriate pause in ministry refinancing because the […]

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THE IMPORTANCE OF RECORD KEEPING

Documenting and preserving prevention and response efforts By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris In a recent sexual abuse case, church leaders were notified of an abuse allegation stemming from events in 2014 involving a 10-year-old girl and a church employee. The allegation, communicated by the child’s mother, was addressed by the executive pastor. The mother […]

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