RISK MANAGEMENT Archives - Church Executive


Should your church accommodate known offenders?

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Our church just completed a Registered Sex Offender (RSO) Policy. Will you review it and tell us if it’s adequate? We frequently encounter this (seemingly simple) question in our law practice. In reality, the issue is multi-faceted and complex, and tends to kick off a broader discussion. In the […]

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Ask for permission, not forgiveness!

By Rodney C. James Picture a group of men and women at the ready. Hard hats, leather gloves, steel toe boots, hammers, nails, and all the tools needed to tear down, renovate or expand your church building. A beautiful scene, isn’t it? Not so fast. Let’s rewind the tape. Where are permissions needed from the […]

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Trends affecting religious markets in 2021

As many of us look toward a fresh start in 2021, some insurance industry experts say we can’t forget where we’ve been in 2020. The global pandemic — originally assumed to be a short-term event — is likely to continue for months into the future. How does that affect the coming year? Peter Mahler, vice […]

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BEYOND THE BOY SCOUTS: Third-party use of facilities and sexual abuse risk

Can ministries be held financially responsible? By Gregory S. Love, Esq. & Kimberlee D. Norris, Esq. On May 18, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection, largely in response to mounting sexual abuse allegations and civil lawsuits. This bankruptcy filing further complicates liability concerns for organizations (churches, schools, camps, conference centers) that […]

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New survey data shows the impact of COVID-19 on churches

Religious leaders report reduced giving, increased use of technology To document the impact of COVID-19 on church life, Ministry Brands — a leading provider of software, services, and information platforms for churches, ministries, and those they serve — this week released new data from a recently completed national survey of churches across multiple denominations. The […]

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Child sexual abuse and insurance coverage

Avoiding Common Pitfalls By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Every church — whether it’s multi-campus or a recent plant — deals with insurance coverage. Ministry leaders tend to gravitate to the least expensive policy options and often lack knowledge about what they should be looking for when securing coverage related to child sexual abuse risk. […]

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Realize the risk

How to assess your church’s child sexual abuse risk points — and how to do (much) better In many churches, leaders think child sexual abuse “can’t happen here.” What’s the reality? Guy A. Russ: Any organization that serves children must understand the statistics: one in four girls and one in 13 boys are likely to […]

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Raising the bar: 4 steps your ministry can take to better protect the children in your care

Headlines regarding abuse in the Church cause us to grieve. As experts in church insurance and ministry, we know that churches and ministries never question the importance of protecting the children and other vulnerable populations entrusted to their care. But it’s how you go about protecting those you serve that has become more difficult and […]

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What’s the No. 1 reason churches end up in litigation?

Answer: Sexual abuse with a minor A single lawsuit can derail a thriving, growing church and cost millions of dollars, as well as the loss of members and their faith in the safety of the church. Such a catastrophe can happen to any church without proper risk management strategies in place. Being prepared for the […]

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Sexual abuse and molestation guidance

Sexual misconduct can have psychological, emotional and physical effects on victims and their families. However, the damage doesn’t stop there. Just one incident of sexual misconduct can destroy the trust, credibility and reputation of an organization and the organization’s leaders for years. Adding further pain to an incident of sexual misconduct are the legal costs […]

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