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A critical church-state separation case in the making

By the Church Executive editorial & leadership team Last year, Church Executive published an interview with David Middlebrook on the Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley case, which the Supreme Court had just agreed to review. (“A Supreme Court case to watch: Trinity Lutheran Church vs. Pauley,” March 18, 2016) As Middlebrook explained at the time, […]

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If you’re considering refinancing, be aware of the environmental status of your property

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By Dan Mikes Throughout my 27 years of providing financing for religious institutions, I have seen a number of instances in which all the financial and other factors were right, but the loan could not be made because the collateral (the land and buildings) was unacceptable due to environmental contamination.    While this is a […]

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When Children Are at Risk

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Proactive, proven strategies for protecting the kids in your care   Q: What are the biggest risks and liabilities facing churches in the area of protecting children? D’Ambrosio: The days are over when ordering a background check on a new volunteer was the ultimate ‘extra-mile’ effort of an ultra-careful church. Today, a background check is […]

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A critical church-state separation case in the making

Trinity Lutheran

  By the Church Executive editorial & leadership team Last year, Church Executive published an interview with David Middlebrook on the Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley case, which the Supreme Court had just agreed to review. As Middlebrook explained at the time, this case had the potential to be hugely important in defining what can […]

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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

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

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

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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