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

Risk Management

§ 10.18.04
Key point 10-18.04. Denominational agencies can reduce the risk of liability for the acts and obligations of affiliated churches, agencies, clergy, and lay workers by adopting risk management policies and procedures.

There are many ways for denominational agencies to reduce the risk of legal liability. Many of these are the same risk management strategies that may be employed by local churches, and they are addressed in previous sections of this chapter. Other risk management strategies are suggested in the previous subsection in which legal defenses available to denominational agencies are reviewed.

There are some risk management strategies that are unique to denominational agencies. Consider the following:

1. The Discipline of Ministers

Many denominational agencies ordain or license ministers, and reserve the authority to discipline ministers for violations of prescribed standards. Deciding ...

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