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Defending Youth Ministries from 8 Critical Risks

Defending Youth Ministries from 8 Critical Risks Subscriber access only

From communication to transportation, preventive action is paramount.
Stopping a Shooter

Stopping a Shooter Subscriber access only

How church leaders can work to prevent a violent incident—or respond if one occurs.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
Washington
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Is Liable for Molestation of Minor Subscriber access only

Despite no prior incidents of misconduct, duty of care should have been enforced
North Carolina
Denominations - Legal Liability; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Not Responsible for Rape of Teenage Girl by Camp Worker Subscriber access only

Court says church and camp exercised sufficient care in selection and supervision of worker.
Connecticut
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Church Not Responsible for Teen Sleepover Injury Subscriber access only

Court rules injuries sustained during off-site sleepover are not church's responsibility.

Is Parental Consent Needed for Children on Church Videos? Subscriber access only

Seven things church leaders should note on this evolving area of law.
Risk Topics
  • Children & Youth
    Abuse prevention, abuse reporting requirements, nursery, high-risk activities
  • Emergencies
    Disaster, crisis, medical, violence
  • Insurance
    Coverage, claims, disputes
  • Personnel
    Staff, volunteers, screening, harassment, misconduct
  • Property
    Building, contracts, security, playgrounds, parking lots, entry, accessibility
  • Transportation
    Drivers, vehicles, screening
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Resources

High Risk Student Activities

High Risk Student Activities

Keep your youth safe, and have meaningful experiences during high adventure and high risk activities.
Food Safety Guide: Church Potlucks and More

Food Safety Guide: Church Potlucks and More

Learn how to safely prepare and store foods before your next church dinner.

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