RISK MANAGEMENT Archives - Church Executive


Developing a Security Plan is the First Step to Making Public Spaces Safer

By Daniel Venet Tree of Life Synagogue; Parkland; Emanuel African American Methodist Church; Charleston; Las Vegas; Sandy Hook; Columbine and Oklahoma City. It’s clear what all these places have in common, and there are many more. The list goes on. These examples of terrorism have heightened our awareness and fear when we enter an office […]

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Answering the Call: Providing Support After a Disaster

  By Church Mutual Insurance When disaster strikes, the effects are often felt across the country. Although the greatest devastation usually occurs in a concentrated geographical region, caring people from across the country feel a calling to help out however they can. Events such as hurricanes and tornadoes have been met with a great outpouring […]

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Church Trends and Statistics

Pastors addressing sexual and domestic violence In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the growing number of sexual misconduct accusations in churches across the world, LifeWay Research recently conducted a study — sponsored by IMA World Health and Sojourners — about the reasons pastors address sexual and domestic violence from the pulpit.

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Counseling training options for pastors

Expert perspectives on the expectations church leaders face today, common pitfalls and risks, and how to rise to the challenge Overall, are pastors adequately trained and prepared with regards to counseling their congregations?

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Do mission trips put your religious organization at risk?

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  Expert advice for protecting your members, staff and volunteers while they’re abroad How common is it for church groups to encounter avoidable risks and safety issues while on mission trips abroad? Betty Norman: If there’s good planning and preparation that goes into each mission trip, avoidable or predictable risks should be limited. It’s recommended […]

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5 best practices for communicating inclement weather closings for faith-based communities

From hurricanes to blizzards and everything in between, inclement weather is a part of nature. So are the challenges of managing the logistical factors involved in protecting your members when harsh weather comes calling. While a well-organized plan can minimize confusion and maximize safety, failure to properly address severe weather conditions can threaten everything from […]

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Get ahead of the hackers: 5 steps to protect your church’s valuable information

By The Risk Team at Glatfelter Religious Practice As a church leader, how can I protect my organization from a cyberattack? If you’ve ever found yourself asking this question, you’re not alone. Church leaders across the United States are working to improve their IT infrastructure, and for good reason. While there is the threat of […]

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Monitoring: the key to surviving wildfires for church retreats

By Thomas J. Kluxdal Perched high in Northern California’s Sierra Mountains, Camp Peaceful Pines has served more than 60 summers as a rustic retreat for those affiliated with the Pacific Southwest District of the Church of the Brethren. Generations of campers have been drawn to the site’s awe-inspiring views in Alpine County, California—and by the […]

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Disaster prevention & recovery best practices

Reporting by RaeAnn Slaybaugh   From an insurer’s perspective, how often do you find that churches are truly, adequately prepared in the realm of disaster prevention & recovery? Kyle Illbeck: Churches typically focus their resources on furthering their ministry and mission, and disaster preparedness becomes an afterthought until it’s too late. Unfortunately, it’s rare for […]

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Are you properly maintaining your church bus? 6 critical to-do’s

By Josh Davey Whether your bus is new or used, keeping it in top condition requires diligent and regular maintenance. Many bus owners use a daily vehicle maintenance checklist, some with pre- and post-trip maintenance check requirements, due to their continuous use. Typically, buses are high-mileage vehicles that are constantly shuttling people from Point A […]

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