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Why Your Church Needs a Defibrillator
How one church’s use of an AED illustrates the importance of having one on-site.
Why Your Church Needs a Defibrillator
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When attending church services, you may not consider the possibility that someone could unexpectedly experience sudden cardiac arrest. But the reality is that it can happen—and churches need to be prepared to respond.

“Cardiac arrest—an electrical malfunction ...

How to Protect Your Church from Cybercrime
How to Protect Your Church from Cybercrime
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The most current statistics on cybercime published by the FBI (2015 via ic3.gov) show they received nearly 290,000 cybercrime complaints that year, with an associated loss of $1.1 billion. At the time of this writing, a new ransomware called WannaCry (aka WannaCrypt) is infecting ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

How to Safely Use Copyrighted Video During Church Services
An attorney answers the most common questions she receives about video copyright.
How to Safely Use Copyrighted Video During Church Services
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You found a perfect video clip to highlight the deep spiritual point you wish to make on the platform. People will connect. Lives will be changed. But what is the risk in incorporating it into your message? And what, if anything, can you do to legally play the video clip?

Many ...

What Churches Should Learn from the Recent DDoS Attack
Technological vulnerabilities exist, but some steps can help minimize risks.
What Churches Should Learn from the Recent DDoS Attack
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Late last month, the world saw a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack of historic proportions. Anyone who uses a computer, tablet, smart phone, or web-enabled technology—including many churches and church leaders—needs to understand the significance of this ...

What Churches Can Do About the Most Common Discrimination Charge: Retaliation
How welcoming reports of wrongdoing actually helps your church.
What Churches Can Do About the Most Common Discrimination Charge: Retaliation
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Recent surveys conducted by the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) reveal that some churches have no established written whistleblower policy.

When asked if their church had a written whistleblower policy, only 16.2 percent of the responses from non-ECFA ...

Condition Barring Sex Offender Unconstitutional • Pastor Admits ‘Misleading’ Abuse Statements: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Condition Barring Sex Offender Unconstitutional • Pastor Admits ‘Misleading’ Abuse Statements: News Roundup
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Prohibition for Sex Offender on Church Attendance Ruled Unconstitutional. “In United States v. Hernandez (ED NY, Sept. 20, 2016), a New York federal district court held unconstitutional a condition of supervised release limiting church attendance that was imposed on defendant ...

Interview: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in the Church
What churches should know and the steps they should take to protect children.
Interview: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in the Church
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Attorney Richard Hammar gives six key steps churches should take to mitigate the risk of child sexual abuse in churches. Not only are Hammar’s six steps the most effective in preventing abuse, they are considered the set of reasonable measures churches should take in order ...

How an Email Scam Targets the NBA—and Your Church
The email scam that exposed sensitive information from an NBA team affects churches, too.
How an Email Scam Targets the NBA—and Your Church
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A successful email scam is one that fools even the most well-known of organizations, and one scammer—using a specific email strategy—recently made headlines for conning an especially famous group: the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team.

For this particular ...

Protect Your Church with Reference and Background Checks
4 tips on using these well when hiring a new pastor.
Protect Your Church with Reference and Background Checks
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One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your hiring process is skipping the background and reference checks on your potential new Lead Pastor. A reference check is your opportunity to protect your church and learn how your pastor candidate has led congregations and staffs ...

Violent Incidents at Churches Are Rising
Statistics from 2015 are the highest yet seen.
Violent Incidents at Churches Are Rising
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Halfway through 2015, I found myself running six months behind on the posting of deadly force incidents on religious property and haven’t been able to tighten that up much since. 2015 was the year that simply took my breath away, and I’ve yet to get it back. Mankind’s ...

A Shooter in the House
A police officer's advice on how to prevent and react to a gunman at church.
A Shooter in the House
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Churches are notorious for minimal security. And while acts of violence at church are rare, recent shootings at churches and schools beg the question: What can leaders do to protect their people? Based on experience in the pulpit and on the police force, here are four steps ...

Helping Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse Recover
How an understanding of trauma can lead to healing.
Helping Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse Recover
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The effects of childhood sexual abuse are widespread and have a profound impact upon the victim’s life. In the following excerpt from an interviewby Christianity Today, Dan Allender addresses how kindness can have a part in the healing process of child sexual abuse victims. ...

The Brand and Value of a Church
What’s in a name? For churches, it could be more than you think.
The Brand and Value of a Church
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All of us understand that when you have something of value, you protect it. We may differ on defining value, such as whether it is based on a monetary or sentimental cost associated with the item, but the principle of making sure that an item of value is protected is one that ...

5 Common Security Questions Churches Ask
And answers to them.
5 Common Security Questions Churches Ask
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1. Should we arm our security team?

This is really up to each church. Evaluate your risks and the make-up of your team.

You also need to understand the laws in your community. We primarily operate in three states (California, Arizona, and Nevada), and all three states are very ...

The Top Church Management Conferences for 2016
Training across the nation to gain knowledge in financial, legal, and risk matters.
The Top Church Management Conferences for 2016
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A number of conferences are available for those who work with legal, financial, and risk management matters for their church. Here are some we recommend:

1. 2016 XP-Seminar

This event, led by XPastor.org founder David Fletcher, educates and encourages executive pastors, ...

Tips for Christmas Event Safety
Beautiful decorations can be hazards if you’re not careful.
Tips for Christmas Event Safety
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Many churches step outside their usual way of doing things around the holidays. There are special services, decorations, and events that keep us busy, excited—and sometimes unsafe. With that in mind, how can we keep members and visitors safe during the holidays?

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Confronting Peer Abuse in Your Church

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