1. Know your insurance policy's notification requirement. "Church insurance policies generally require that the church notify the insurance company in writing and within a specified period of time concerning any property damage or personal injury that occurs. Failure to do so can relieve the insurance company of any duty to defend the church in a lawsuit or pay a settlement or jury verdict as a result of the damage or injury. Your duty to notify your insurance company of an injury or loss arises when the injury or loss occurs. That means, of course, that it is bad practice to wait until a lawsuit is filed! Report the incident when it happens. The purpose of the notice requirement is to give the insurance company sufficient time to investigate the incident and provide a defense. You need to be familiar with the notification requirements in all of the church's insurance policies. If you change insurance companies, be sure to review the new insurance policy. One cannot assume that it will contain the same 'notice' provisions as the previous policy" ("Understanding the Benefits and Types of Church Insurance," by Richard R. Hammar, Understanding Church Insurance).
2. The mandate to train church board members. "From my perspective, training board members should be a top priority for both biblical and practical reasons. First, the Bible mandates it. Ephesians 4:11-13 is a case in point. This popular text can be found on bulletin covers, letterheads, and logos. It articulates the Christian leader's responsibility to equip the rest of the body to do the work of the ministry. Increasingly, in the church, the one-man show is out, something I find refreshing and biblical. But I also find that in our rush to equip laypeople to study the Word, evangelize, teach, and counsel, we often have neglected to train them for one of the most vital areas of ministry: leadership. As important as the usual training is, training for leadership is more so. I agree with Bob Biehl, who said in his Leadership Wisdom tape series, 'Every organization is a direct reflection of its leadership, for better or worse.' It's no accident that Jesus spent the bulk of his ministry training a small group of future leaders rather than an army of foot soldiers. No doubt he knew the future of the church, humanly speaking, depended upon the quality of its leadership" ("Equipping the Saints to Lead," by Larry Osborne, CTPastors.com). Help train your church board members on important legal and risk management matters through The 4 Hour Legal Training Program for Church Boards.
3. Use "catchball" to boost your next brainstorm. "Not all brainstorming sessions need to start with a clean slate. If your team already has an idea or two, you can use the 'catchball' approach at your next meeting. Here's how it works: Someone on the team 'tosses' the idea to someone else. Whoever 'catches' it must understand it, reflect on it, and improve on it in some way. That person tosses the modified idea back to the group, where it's caught by someone else and improved further" ("Innovative Teams," hbr.org).
4. Notable quote. "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." —Michael Altshuler
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