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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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This Week's LessonWeek of January 19

A Strategy to Reduce Risks

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of A Strategy to Reduce Risks: Establishing a Church Safety Team. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the following quiz.

A church member notices a safety hazard in the church kitchen. The hood over the stove has become full of grease and grime and could easily catch fire. A report is made to the church secretary, and then to the pastor, but nothing is done to resolve the problem. It simply gets lost in a pile of notes. How can church leaders implement a strategy to identify and correct risks before someone is hurt or the church is sued?

Weekly Quiz

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

Executive Summary

To develop an effective risk management program, church leaders should establish a Safety Team. Risk management involves a large range of responsibilities and is too large a task for one person. The team should oversee safety inspections and provide regular feedback to church leaders on how to reduce risks and injuries that can hurt people and harm ministry.

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