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Stopping a Shooter

Stopping a Shooter Subscriber access only

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

Coverage Denied Subscriber access only

Failure to notify the insurance company of a claim cost one church $2.3 million. Five tips for avoiding a similar mistake.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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.
Virginia
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Commonwealth of Virginia Not Responsible for Virginia Tech Murder Subscriber access only

State Supreme Court rules state not responsible; massacre was not reasonably foreseeable.
Federal
Denominations - Legal Liability; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Boy Scouts Had Legal Duty to Disclose Molestation Subscriber access only

It's failure to do so could expose liability for individual acts of molestation.

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

Launching a Business at Church

Launching a Business at Church

Information on the legal, insurance, and tax implications a business poses to a church. 
Preventing Sexual Misconduct in Youth Ministry

Preventing Sexual Misconduct in Youth Ministry

Assess your church's policies and procedures to help keep youth safe.

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