Key point 10-11. A church may be legally responsible on the basis of negligent supervision for injuries resulting from a failure to exercise adequate supervision of its programs and activities.
Negligence as a Basis for Liability
A California court ruled that a church was not responsible on the basis of either "premises liability" or negligent supervision for injuries suffered by a volunteer worker who fell while on a ladder repainting the church.
A church building needed repainting. A church member ("Jerry") had been self-employed doing maintenance and repair work for many years, and had done previous maintenance work at the church on a volunteer basis. Because of Jerry's experience, the pastor asked him to repaint the building as an unpaid volunteer. Jerry agreed, but told the pastor that the building must first be sandblasted to remove the old paint. The pastor agreed ...