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Raising the bar for responding to sexual abuse

It’s time for ministries to be the Gospel standard. When brought to light, abuse in the church should be handled swiftly.  Sometimes it can be challenging to know how to respond, so below, we’ve provided considerations should your church face allegations. As experts in church insurance and ministry, we know that the importance of protecting […]

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Abuse prevention policies and procedures

  What is the insurance carrier looking for? Abuse claims have become increasingly frequent and highly publicized. Expansion of statutes of limitations has resulted in insurance carriers defending claims from activity alleged to have happened decades ago. As a result, insurance carriers are asking for more documentation to allow the carrier to better defend against […]

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Understanding mandatory reporter requirements

  As a church leader, you would, of course, be horrified to learn that someone in your congregation is suspected of abusing or mistreating a child.  But are you required by law to report this abuse to the authorities?  At what point does clergy confidentiality prevent you or the pastors at your church from reporting […]

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Your sexual abuse prevention plan: Who’s going to take the lead?

  It’s a common scenario in houses of worship: Who’s in charge of the property committee? “Our elder, Joe, heads that up.” What about the finance committee? “Yes, Susan is our accountant and oversees the finances.” And the sexual abuse prevention plan? “Well, our children and student ministry leaders do the background checks, interviews and […]

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Responding to abuse takes expert help

It’s the call no ministry leader wants to get — that a church employee or volunteer has been accused of sexually abusing a child. Unfortunately, predators see churches as an easy target. That’s why it’s important to acknowledge and plan for the possibility that child sexual abuse could happen at your ministry. Your insurance company […]

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Every sexual abuse crisis impacts the Church

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Every year, it seems a particular organization or entity is embroiled in a sexual abuse crisis: the Catholic Church, USA Swimming, Penn State University, USA Gymnastics/Michigan State University, Hillsong Church, Ravi Zacharias Ministries, Boy Scouts of America… and the list goes on.   This year, headlines are swirling around […]

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FRAUD PREVENTION: Do you have the right internal controls in place to protect your church?

Church Executive: Are churches typically easy targets for fraud? Sarah Barham: Yes, because typically one person is responsible for completing all financial responsibilities from beginning to end. This means one person opens the mail to review invoices, sets up vendors in the accounting software, writes the checks, reconciles the bank accounts, and produces financial reports. […]

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LARRY OSBORNE & NORTH COAST CHURCH: Flexibility, simplicity in financing at the forefront

Infinite growth, invariable expansion At the nation’s premier multisite church, two financing needs take precedence above all: flexibility and simplicity By RaeAnn Slaybaugh North Coast Church in Vista, Calif., is one of the 20 largest churches in the United States. It also consistently ranks among the country’s fastest-growing, most influential churches.  But it all started […]

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An education in engagement

A seasoned church builder shares the most engaging designs in his portfolio   Engaging gathering spaces Pastor Joel Sims at Word of Life Church in Flowood, Miss., has the best gathering space of any church I’ve ever built. This space features a full kitchen, so the church is serving full meals before and after church […]

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Examining the role of “moments” in engaging church design

That was so special!   That was the best thing ever…  Moments.  Do you look back over your life and find that a moment, just a fleeting second, stands out profoundly? The few moments of sitting on the park bench as a family at the top of Logan Pass at Glacier National Park on our […]

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