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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Risk Management

Volume 4 . Chapter 10 . § 10-07.3
Key point 10-07.3. Churches can reduce the risk of liability based on negligent retention for sexual misconduct involving adult or minor victims by adopting risk management policies and procedures.

How can churches reduce the risk of liability based on negligent retention of a minister or lay worker who engages in inappropriate conduct with an adult or child? While churches cannot eliminate this risk, they can take steps to reduce it. Consider the following:

1. Investigate

Whenever a church leader receives credible information suggesting that a church employee or volunteer may represent a risk of harm to others, an immediate and thorough investigation should be initiated. Remember this—once such information is received, the church is "put ...

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