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A critical church-state separation case in the making

By the Church Executive editorial & leadership team Last year, Church Executive published an interview with David Middlebrook on the Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley case, which the Supreme Court had just agreed to review. (“A Supreme Court case to watch: Trinity Lutheran Church vs. Pauley,” March 18, 2016) As Middlebrook explained at the time, […]

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4 steps to creating a safe ministry

It’s no secret the world we live in today is much different than it was just a few years ago. In today’s society, it has become clear that churches are no longer the safe haven they once were thought to be. It’s not uncommon to hear stories of church violence or allegations of abuse on the nightly news. Unfortunately, churches have become more vulnerable to these types of incidents that threaten the strength and reputation of the organization. To help protect your religious organization from these threats, the leaders of your church are encouraged to set aside time each year to ensure the safety and security of the facility. During this time, it’s important to analyze, review and modify current church policies and procedures to ensure adequate plans are in place to help prevent potential risks.

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Examining organizational structure — including (and especially) church members’ rights

There are more than 400,000 churches in the United States, each with its own governance structure and decision-making model. With so many different models and terminology used to describe church governance structures — elders, deacons, trustees, directors, pastor and apostle — it can be quite confusing to determine what’s the best and most biblically-sound corporate structure for your own church.

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What to do if your church is subject to a liability claim

Accidents happen; it’s inevitable. And when those accidents occur, it can be a scary time for both the injured party and the church. When such events take place and the injured party files a claim against the church, it’s called a liability claim.

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Want to move “beyond insurance”?

You probably noticed that this new series of articles has been retitled to Never Again: Beyond Insurance. But, how does a church organization get “beyond insurance” — and should it even try?

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Clear your path to a safe church — new eBook available

Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the U.S., according to the National Safety Council. Those injuries accounted for about 8.8 million visits to the emergency room in 2013. In this insightful eBook, you’ll learn how routine maintenance at your church can help.

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Never Again: The Little Things Really Do Count

When it comes to risk management, a few extra steps — literally — can prevent a tragedy.

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No, really! The times ARE a-changin’!

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mitchell, TX, for example was hit for more than $35 million in a sex abuse claim.

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