Security Archives - Church Executive


FACILITIES USE FIRE DRILL!

Sexual Abuse Risk and Third-Party Use of Facilities By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris BOY SCOUTS SETTLEMENT FUND EXCEEDS $2.6 BILLION Not every organization has chartered or hosted a Boy Scout Troop, but every organization with physical facilities must learn the lessons stemming from this massive child sexual abuse settlement. Third-party use of facilities can […]

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Pastors: child sexual abuse prevention starts at home!

By Gregory S. Love & Kimberlee D. Norris Headlines related to child sexual abuse continue to rock the Church, and faith-based organizations continue to reevaluate sexual abuse response and resources.  The New Year provides a good opportunity to ‘check in’ on current church practices related to child sexual abuse. We asked Kimberlee D. Norris and […]

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Church Safety: A Q&A with Sutherland Springs Pastor Frank Pomeroy

By Kirk Evans If you are wondering whether it’s time to come up with a more cohesive, actionable defensive plan for your church family, the short answer is yes, now is the time.  To help you understand what this entails through the eyes of another church leader, we sat down and chatted with Pastor Frank […]

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Protecting your flock: awareness

By Kirk Evans We live in trying times, in an era when hatred sometimes boils over into violence against strangers.  What was once your safe place — your church sanctuary — is not immune to violent attacks. Criminals can come into your service, armed with intent to murder. To protect what is sacred, you must […]

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Created equal?

Perspectives on selecting the right insurance agent or broker to meet your church’s sexual abuse risk mitigation needs “Has anyone reviewed our insurance program recently? Do we have the correct coverage at reasonable premiums? Does our sexual abuse coverage protect the individual accused or the corporate entity?” Sadly, many church administrators desperately want to know […]

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Peer-on-peer abuse prevention

In recent years, the Risk Management department here at Insurance One has seen a sharp increase in peer- on-peer sexual abuse. As we began to dig into this further, we reached out to attorneys, insurance carriers and companies that specialize in abuse prevention training — and all are seeing the same upward trend.  Our hearts […]

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Elder fraud: What I learned from helping my parents recover from financial fraud

By Anonymous “When I called the next day to check in, my father said that the retailer was running into issues refunding the money for the unauthorized purchase on his account. The fraud department wanted him to purchase a VISA gift card that they could load the money on to send him his refund faster.  […]

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Q&A: background check basics

Professional advice on what’s required for volunteers versus staff For many churches, a background check is the only line of defense employed when screening volunteers and staff. Is it enough?  Brian Gleason: A background check is a best practice in searching for any previous convictions since previous behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. […]

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Preparing for the unthinkable: armed intruders

In the last year, “preparation” at many organizations focused on protecting health and safety in the pandemic. As people gather again for in-person events and activities, preparation must include a renewed focus on other forms of safety — and ways to mitigate risk. Unfortunately, as recent events across our nation have shown, armed intruders are […]

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Protecting the kids in your care

Churches want to do all they can to keep the children in their care far from harm. Yet, these spaces are often considered “soft targets” among offenders.  That’s because — despite the best intentions — gaps and missteps are prevalent in churches’ efforts to create a safe space for all. Here, two expert panelists discuss […]

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