RISK MANAGEMENT Archives - Church Executive


What winter means for your church

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By Eric Spacek, JD, ARM  With winter on the horizon, you and your church need to be prepared. In addition to the cold, snow and wind, winter conditions can cause substantial damage to buildings. Even prior to winter, the fall can bring about wear and tear due to the changes in temperature and moisture levels. […]

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Moving beyond insurance — hop on board!

By Michael J. Bemi Our series on moving “beyond insurance” has identified and examined all the critical elements and related processes to enable an insured entity to “move beyond” insurance. However, we have not yet discussed and described the options available to your entity to retain risk. These options exist as methods of alternative risk […]

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5 questions to ask when shopping for group health care

By Scott Charbonneau Effective ministry leaders are committed to investing in their staff. You nurture their faith and provide the tools they need to carry out the mission. However, caring for your staff runs deeper than ministry basics. You should also consider providing benefits like group health insurance to support them and their families from […]

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Expert Q&A: churches as safe spaces

Understanding the ins and outs of the sanctuary movement in houses of worship For pastors reading this article, what do we mean by the term “sanctuary movement” or “safe space”? What are the goals and objectives of these spaces? Friedman: Sanctuary is a term that has been used for centuries to describe protecting individuals in […]

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Team up with your local law enforcement

By Brian Gleason A regular police presence at or near your school, church and/or local neighborhood is a valuable crime-prevention strategy. Here’s why. Did you know that routine patrolling of school and church grounds better positions law enforcement to act quickly when they receive a request for help? It helps build a level of comfort for […]

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Moving beyond insurance — and staying there!

Stay “risk aware” or beware! By Michael J. Bemi Our series on moving “beyond insurance” has identified and examined all the critical elements and related processes to enable an insured entity to “move beyond” insurance. Reality dictates, however, that even if you substantially self-insure your risk (i.e., employ “alternative risk financing”), and no matter what […]

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Protecting the greater good from violence

How do we reduce the risk of violence in our churches? Expert advice from a recent webinar presented by Church Mutual Insurance Company, in conjunction with Firestorm — a nationally recognized leader in crisis management — and ALICE Training Institute Part 1: HOW TO SPOT THE WARNINGS It is difficult to think of the unthinkable — […]

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How to prevent financial fraud at your church

CPA and non-profit consultant Vonna Laue helps to identify why churches fall victim to fraud, how you can recognize it — and what you can do about it. Why do churches fall victim to fraud? Trust: It’s the baseline. If you don’t trust your employees or volunteers, you need to address that. I would expect […]

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Risk for any religious organization — overseeing youth

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By Crispin Ketelhut Montelione The largest risk for any church organization is overseeing youth. The main goal is to create a safe environment as the basis for any child’s encounter with God to be safe and open to receive Him; this is the responsibility of caring adults. This article outlines the issues and solutions surrounding […]

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Be aware & proactive

Two esteemed attorneys and industry experts discuss the preeminent problem of child sexual abuse — and what every church leader can do to protect the children in their care Q: Just how big is the issue of sexual abuse in churches? Norris: Every study in the past decade indicates the same reality: the largest settlements […]

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