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Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on staff or volunteer positions within a church.

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Negligent Selection


Our lesson this week examines the topic of Negligent Selection. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the following quiz.

Pastor Josh is the youth pastor at his church. A number of children's and youth workers have resigned over the past few months, and he is anxious to replace them. He is aware that he should do some "screening" of new workers, but to save time he does no screening for persons he knows personally. Has Pastor Josh exposed the church to a risk of liability?

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Instructions Click on the correct answer for each of the following questions.

Executive Summary

A church may be liable on the basis of negligent selection for injuries caused by an employee or volunteer worker if the church was negligent in the selection of the worker. Negligence means a failure to exercise reasonable care, and so negligent selection refers to a failure to exercise reasonable care in the selection of the worker. Liability based on negligent selection may be imposed upon a church for the acts of both employees and volunteers.

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