RISK MANAGEMENT Archives - Church Executive


3 tips for church business managers: handling collections

money counting churches

By Tim Grabacki It’s not something church business managers think about a lot, but:  How you count the money might be affecting the church more than you’d think.  Here are three tips on how to better handle cash and checks in your collections.   #1: Treat the business office like a business office The mission […]

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A look ahead at 2018 safety trends & risks for churches

looking forward to 2018

By Brian Gleason, MBA, CSRM A lot can happen in a year, that’s for sure. While 2017 proved that things can change in an instant, there are trends and indicators that can prepare us for the most successful year yet. Here, the GuideOne risk management and loss control team forecasts risk management trends for churches […]

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6 things to pack in your disaster relief toolbox

For the past several months, it has felt like there is a disaster around every corner. From August through October, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria brutalized thousands of communities on the United States mainland and in the territory of Puerto Rico. The hurricanes were followed quickly by a swift-moving wildfire that ravaged a large […]

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What winter means for your church

church winter maintenance

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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