Safety

9 Tips for Planning a Safe VBS
How to prepare for this significant summer event.
9 Tips for Planning a Safe VBS
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It’s May—and that means summer is just around the corner. For many churches, summer means Vacation Bible School.

Is your church ready for this big event? Has your children’s ministry team started preparing? If you haven’t thought about it yet this year, ...

Church Vandalism • Religious Liberty EO Lawsuit • Church and State Debate: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Vandalism • Religious Liberty EO Lawsuit • Church and State Debate: News Roundup
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Church Organist Confesses to Church Vandalism. “A staff organist has been arrested in the post-election vandalism at an Episcopal church in Indiana—an incident that generated national headlines in November as a possible case of politically motivated hate speech, ...

What Leaders Can Learn from Violent Incidents at Churches
2016 statistics show churches should look for signs of domestic abuse.
What Leaders Can Learn from Violent Incidents at Churches
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In 2016, violent deaths were more frequent at faith-based organizations than at schools, and in comparing 2016 to the most recent 10 years, it was the second in the number of violent crimes with deadly potential (with 246 deadly force incidents, following 2015 at 248). Year ...

Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld • Tornado Damages Church • Church Apartment Complex: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld • Tornado Damages Church • Church Apartment Complex: News Roundup
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Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy. “The US Supreme Court let stand a California law that bans licensed therapists from working with children to change their sexual orientation from gay to straight, rejecting an appeal that said the measure violates religious ...

SCOTUS and Church-State Separation • Church Bus Crash Lawsuit • Child Abuse Case: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
SCOTUS and Church-State Separation • Church Bus Crash Lawsuit • Child Abuse Case: News Roundup
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Questions on Separation of Church and State Arise in Supreme Court Religious Liberty Case. “The Supreme Court seemed ready to chip away at the wall separating church and state on Wednesday [April 19], with several justices suggesting that states must sometimes provide ...

Alabama Church Police • SCOTUS Religious Liberty Case • Potential Johnson Amendment Repeal: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Alabama Church Police • SCOTUS Religious Liberty Case • Potential Johnson Amendment Repeal: News Roundup
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Alabama Senate Approves Church Police Officer Legislation. “A large church in Alabama is one step closer to creating its own police force, a move that seems to be without precedent in the US. The state's Senate has approved legislation that would give church police ...

5 Free Articles for Child Abuse Prevention Month
How your church can take steps toward awareness and prevention.
5 Free Articles for Child Abuse Prevention Month
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Did you know that child sexual abuse is the number one reason churches are sued? This is a big issue in the church—and, unfortunately, an issue that is rarely discussed. When it comes to a topic like child abuse, a natural response is to believe it could never happen in ...

Church Parking Lot Shooting • DOJ Hate Crime Task Force • Parking Lease Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Parking Lot Shooting • DOJ Hate Crime Task Force • Parking Lease Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Kentucky Church Security Cameras Record Parking Lot Shooting. “Louisville Police continue to investigate a shooting that happened Saturday night . . . Security cameras at the Church of Truth . . . captured the moment when the victim's car crashed into senior pastor ...

Church Bus Crash • Presbyterian Lawsuit • SCOTUS ‘Church Plan’ Case: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Bus Crash • Presbyterian Lawsuit • SCOTUS ‘Church Plan’ Case: News Roundup
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Church Bus Crash in Texas Kills 13. “The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged he had been texting while driving, a witness said Friday. . . . Department of Public Safety ...

Concealed Weapons at Church • Child Endangerment Retrial • Donation Box Theft: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Concealed Weapons at Church • Child Endangerment Retrial • Donation Box Theft: News Roundup
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North Carolina Approves Bill to Allow Concealed Weapons at Church/School Sites. “The state House approved a bill Monday night [March 27] that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon at certain churches, citing concerns among some church leaders about security. The ...

Private Police at Church • Religious Discrimination Lawsuit • Church Promises Free Money, Prompts Questions: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Private Police at Church • Religious Discrimination Lawsuit • Church Promises Free Money, Prompts Questions: News Roundup
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Alabama Church Asks Legislature for Permission to Create Private Police Force. “Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools, and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon ...

ACA Repeal Concerns • Church Camp Rape Lawsuit • Embezzlement and Zoning: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
ACA Repeal Concerns • Church Camp Rape Lawsuit • Embezzlement and Zoning: News Roundup
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Many Ministers Concerned About Repeal of Affordable Care Act. “Like most Americans, ministers and their families are facing exploding health-care costs. And for many clergy, the resulting frustration and stress comes on top of the long hours and low pay associated with ...

Q&A: What Churches Should Know About Immigration Law
An immigration attorney shares how churches can help immigrants in their congregations and communities.
Q&A: What Churches Should Know About Immigration Law
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Recently, conversations about immigration have been surfacing in headlines, in our communities—and in our churches. Church Law & Tax talked with immigration attorney Analí Gatlin Looper about the sanctuary church movement, resources churches can use to learn ...

Transgender Bathroom Case • Sexual Abuse Lawsuit • Church Versus Railway: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Transgender Bathroom Case • Sexual Abuse Lawsuit • Church Versus Railway: News Roundup
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Supreme Court Returns Transgender Bathroom Access Case to Lower Court. “Prompted by the Trump administration’s reversal of the federal government’s position on transgender rights, the Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not decide whether a transgender ...

Supreme Court Denies Church Case • Oklahoma Church Lawsuit • Bethel Church Gift: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Supreme Court Denies Church Case • Oklahoma Church Lawsuit • Bethel Church Gift: News Roundup
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Supreme Court Denies Review in Lutheran Church Retirement Plans Case. “The US Supreme Court today denied review in Evangelical Lutheran Church v. Bacon. . . . In the case, a Minnesota state court of appeals held that the First Amendment does not prevent a civil court from ...

Bob Jones Nonprofit Status • Conversion Therapy Ban • Sanctuary Churches: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Bob Jones Nonprofit Status • Conversion Therapy Ban • Sanctuary Churches: News Roundup
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Bob Jones University Regains Federal Tax-Exempt Status. “In a move that’s been more than two years in the making, Bob Jones University announced [February 15] that it would regain its federal tax-exempt status on March 1, more than three decades after the IRS stripped ...

Trump and Johnson Amendment • W-2 Email Scam • Armed Church Security Guards: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Trump and Johnson Amendment • W-2 Email Scam • Armed Church Security Guards: News Roundup
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Trump Claims He Will Repeal Johnson Amendment. “President Trump vowed on Thursday [February 2] to overturn a law restricting political speech by tax-exempt churches, a potentially huge victory for the religious right and a gesture to evangelicals, a voting bloc he attracted ...

Clergy at Trump’s Inauguration • Alabama Church Protection Act • Nebraska Church Break-In
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Clergy at Trump’s Inauguration • Alabama Church Protection Act • Nebraska Church Break-In
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Record Number of Clergy Participate in Trump Inauguration. “Donald J. Trump placed his hand on two Bibles and took the oath of office in a swearing-in ceremony that featured prayers and pronouncements of God’s favor by the largest assortment of clergy in inaugural ...

Attempted Arson • Township Religious Discrimination • Baby Left at Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Attempted Arson • Township Religious Discrimination • Baby Left at Church: News Roundup
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Dallas Presbyterian Church the Latest Victim of Attempted Church Arson. “A Fort Worth church was seriously damaged early Sunday during an attempted arson, police say. St. Stephen Presbyterian Church had its services cancelled Sunday morning while police investigated the ...

‘Sanctuary’ and Immigrants • Oregon Housing Ruling • Nativity Fire: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
‘Sanctuary’ and Immigrants • Oregon Housing Ruling • Nativity Fire: News Roundup
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Churches Join ‘Sanctuary Movement’ to Protect and Aid Immigrants. “This downtown church is one of 450 houses of worship in the United States that have offered to provide sanctuary or other assistance to undocumented immigrants, according to leaders of the Sanctuary ...

Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy

Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy

Church leaders and boards can take relatively simple, yet effective steps to reduce the likelihood of child sexual abuse.
Reducing the Risk

Reducing the Risk

Keep your church safe from child sexual abuse.