Key point 10-06. A church may be legally responsible on the basis of negligent selection for injuries resulting from the acts of a minister or other worker not involving sexual misconduct.
Negligent selection claims are not limited to cases involving sexual misconduct. They can arise anytime that a church's failure to exercise reasonable care in the selection of an employee or volunteer leads to a foreseeable injury. Here are some examples:
Using adolescents as attendants in the church nursery.
Selecting adult workers without any training in CPR or other resuscitation techniques to accompany a youth group to any event involving swimming or boating.
Selecting lay counselors with inadequate professional training.
Selecting drivers for any church-sponsored activity without checking their driving record.
For example, if a church uses a driver with a suspended drivers license, or with a history ...
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