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The State of Abuse Prevention in the Church
Awareness of the issue has grown, and caring for victims of past abuse is key
The State of Abuse Prevention in the Church
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and serves as a reminder that churches need to be aware of how children are being protected at church from sexual, mental, and physical abuse. To help in this effort, we're releasing the new eBook Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual ...

When to Postpone or Cancel Church Events
Guidelines for when safety and prudence trump the church’s schedule
When to Postpone or Cancel Church Events
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I live one hour north of New York City, an area where our church and the local population endure hurricanes, blizzards, ice storms, and a wide variety of other dangerous weather conditions. Our area is also affected by power outages that can go on for days, sometimes more than ...

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
How to reduce this risk in your church
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and serves as a reminder that churches need to be aware of how children are being protected at church from sexual, mental, and physical abuse. To help in this effort, we're releasing the new eBook Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual ...

How to Respond to Reports of Child Abuse
Reasons why training and a legal and ministry-minded response plan are needed
How to Respond to Reports of Child Abuse
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and serves as a reminder that churches need to be aware of how children are being protected at church from sexual, mental, and physical abuse. To help in this effort, we're releasing the new eBook Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual ...

3 Steps to Keep Criminals from Targeting Your Church
Property prep, community relations, and common sense can go a long way.
3 Steps to Keep Criminals from Targeting Your Church
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When it comes to crime prevention, law enforcement professionals often reference this adage: If a property looks like a target for criminals, it is.

Churches might well take that observation to heart. Carl Chinn's report on violence against churches and faith-based organizations ...

5 Tips for a Safe One-on-One Mentoring Program
Guidelines and safeguards for an effective adult mentoring ministry.
5 Tips for a Safe One-on-One Mentoring Program
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When I graduated college and moved to a new city, I was a young adult in need of a guide. While my friends and church community offered support, it wasn't until I connected with a couple of adult mentors that I found what I was looking for. As they invested in my personal ...

15 All-too-Common Church Facility Problems
Set a high standard for maintenance, safety, and overall look of your building.
15 All-too-Common Church Facility Problems
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I know the church is not a building. That is not to say, though, that the building is unimportant. A building says something about the congregation that gathers there; so, we need to pay attention to our facilities.

Listed here are 15 facility issues I and my consulting teams ...

Nine Tips for Keeping Church Football Games Safe
Nine Tips for Keeping Church Football Games Safe
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Many churches are hosting flag football and touch football events for their youth ministries. In full-contact football, players wear extensive padding and safety equipment. Virtually no protective gear is used for flag or touch football, and yet players still can experience ...

Is Your Facility Safe?
What OSHA can teach you about creating a safer church for staff, contracted workers, and the entire congregation.
Is Your Facility Safe?
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The U.S. government's Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) sets the standards for employee safety. The act's provisions are broad enough to cover almost any employer, including churches in certain circumstances.

OSHA applies to any business that affects interstate ...

Should Churches Use Fireworks?
Consider the risks and use with extreme caution.
Should Churches Use Fireworks?
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Church sponsored fireworks should be discouraged. The improper use of fireworks can result in death, amputations, and blindness. If you still plan to use fireworks, follow these safety tips:

  1. Children should never be allowed to use fireworks. For years, sparklers have been thought of as a firework device for children, but sparklers burn at high temperatures and can cause clothes to catch on fire.
Teaching Churches to Draw the Line
Youth Ministry Roundtable: The final post in a five-part series focused on issues related to risk and safety.

This is the final blog post in our five-part series from the roundtable discussion we conducted on our Youth Ministry Safety survey findings. Today we discuss this question: "How do we educate churches about the importance of safety awareness?"

If you missed the last ...

Safety Awareness: Building the Right Team
Youth Ministry Roundtable: Part four of a five-part series focused on issues related to risk and safety.

With the "Youth Ministry in America" survey results as a starting point, we continue our roundtable discussion. Today we discuss the all-important ministry issue of safety awareness.

If you missed the any of the other weeks' blog posts on the top concerns facing ...

Safety Training: It's More Than a Manual
Youth Ministry Roundtable: Part three of a five-part series focused on issues related to risk and safety.

With the "Youth Ministry in America" survey results as a starting point, we continue our roundtable discussion. Today we discuss the important–and sometimes overlooked–issue of safety training in churches.

This is the third post in our series. If you missed ...

Does Your Youth Ministry Have a Communication Policy?
Youth Ministry Roundtable: Part two of a five-part series focused on issues related to risk and safety.

With the "Youth Ministry in America" survey results as a starting point, we continue our roundtable discussion. This time around participants talked about concerns and policies related to how youth leaders communicate with their students.

This is the second post in ...

Social Media and Youth Ministry in the Post-Facebook Era
Youth Ministry Roundtable: Part one of a five-part series focused on issues related to risk and safety.

Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax Group conducted a roundtable concerning the findings from our survey, "Youth Ministry in America," conducted with Brotherhood Mutual. The participants of the roundtable included pastors, volunteers, and other church-staff ...

Keep Your Church Safe

In years gone by, church doors stayed open round the clock. Lawsuits, embezzlement, and church shootings were things that happened to others. Today's headlines, however, tell us that crime has taken up residence even in our midst.

Potential Problem Areas

Churches should examine ...

18-Year-Old Worship Leader Accused of Sexual Assault
This recent case reminds us that students should never be alone with leaders.

Last week, an 18-year-old volunteer worship leader was accused of sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls, on separate occasions, while driving them home from their church's youth ministry, according to a Daily Herald report. He was arrested, and his bond has been set ...

Four Things to Consider Before Starting a Food Pantry
And how to best kick-start this new ministry.

Whether it's an encounter with a homeless person asking for food, a stint volunteering at a soup kitchen, or participation in a canned food drive, most people have a basic understanding that people are going hungry–throughout the world, and even in a wealthy nation ...

Responding to a Dangerous Person
The right words, said the right way at the right time, can help ease tense situations.

A school bookkeeper in Georgia encountered a gunman with an assault rifle in the school building. She tried to keep the man calm by talking to him respectfully, and persuaded the gunman to put down his gun and turn himself in, according to her statements in an ABC News article. ...

What's Your Church's Plan for an Active Shooter?
Four things church leaders must consider when preparing a shooter response plan.

Dr. Jamie Aten, Psychology Professor at Wheaton College and co-founder of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, gives churches a few tips on how to best prepare for, and prevent, a church shooting.

1. Train your greeters.

First of all, one of the things you might want to think ...

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