RISK MANAGEMENT Archives - Church Executive


Crossroads constructed the first of a two-phase project that would change the course of their ministry forever

When Crossroads United Methodist Church, Washington, Illinois, concluded their vision for ministry was significantly larger than their current footprint could handle, they began the long and expensive journey of relocating to a new site. In 2001, they constructed the first of a two-phase construction project that would change the course of their ministry forever. Relocating […]

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Church Trends and Statistics

Annual Report Shows Americans Gave Over $427 Billion to Charity in 2018 In June, Giving USA Foundation, a public service initiative of The Giving Institute, released its latest annual report: Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018. According to researchers, 2018 was a complex year for giving due to a […]

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Protecting the kids in your care

Expert advice for protecting the church’s children against sexual abuse and bullying — plus, how to mitigate internet-use risks What are the biggest risks and liabilities facing churches in the area of protecting children? Alex Smith: Allegations of sexual abuse are the greatest risk and liability.  Also, complacency — saying, ‘We’ve always done it this […]

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Disaster recovery & communications

Practical expert advice for a scary subject When using the term “disaster,” what types of events or circumstances are we referring to? Hillary Keller Bowling: The most common disasters are weather-related events such as hurricanes, flooding, tornados and wildfires. Other disasters are arson, accidental fire, active-shooters, and even cybersecurity events.  Matthew McMaster: Every part of […]

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Caring Well AND Prevention

Sexual abuse: training ministry staff to care well AND prevent At the beginning of each new year, many of us make New Year’s Resolutions: evaluating our past year or present circumstances and resolving to improve on a particular matter (i.e., more time with the kids, less coffee, more exercise). For the Southern Baptist Convention, the […]

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The key to security: communication

Regular communication, accessibility and speed are at the heart of improved security. By Debi Davis When it comes to crisis situations, the state of events can change with every passing instant. If people can’t keep up with this rapid change, it can lead to disaster. A perfect example of this is the Battle of New […]

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What you should know about church insurance

  For many people, churches are much more than just buildings. They are sacred spaces that carry great meaning to all who gather there for prayer, community, connection and spirituality. It is for these reasons that churches must take steps to provide safe spaces for occupants and mitigate risk on their properties. Purchasing insurance is […]

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Vacation Bible School and Summer Camp Preparedness

Tips to Prevent Potential Injuries, Accidents and Losses By Guy Russ It happens every year, just before summer camp or vacation Bible school. Some kids develop a case of the “what ifs.” What if there are spiders? What if I get poison ivy? What if it rains every day? Experienced camp directors and conference center […]

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Sanctuaries under Siege: Fear among US Worshippers Centered on Armed Intruders

Church Mutual survey shows attendees’ greatest fear is now armed intruders in their places of worship In places of worship — the hallowed spaces that offer refuge and sanctuary — more than 1 in 10 Americans (12 percent) say they do not feel safe. Their top concern: 45 percent said they feared armed intruders. These […]

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Theft, fraud & embezzlement: how to protect your church

Red flags and best practices to better protect your religious organization They’re on the news on a regular basis: stories of church theft, fraud and embezzlement. Sometimes the culprit is the church accountant who intentionally misrepresents church spending. Sometimes it’s the church food pantry director, who purchases food for the church — and $30,000 in […]

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