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When Background Checks Lead to Discrimination

When Background Checks Lead to Discrimination Member access only

How churches should use screening services to avoid unfair exclusions in hiring.
IRS Offers Help for Completing Forms

IRS Offers Help for Completing Forms Member access only

Hotline provides assistance with W-2, 1099s, and other documents.
What Churches Should Look for in a Background Check Service

What Churches Should Look for in a Background Check Service Member access only

Key questions leaders should ask before choosing a provider.
Should the Pianist be on the Payroll?

Should the Pianist be on the Payroll? Member access only

How churches should treat these types of roles.
Paying the Pastor

Paying the Pastor Member access only

Three tax considerations all churches should note before setting compensation.
Religious Schools Face Deadline for Annual Form

Religious Schools Face Deadline for Annual Form Member access only

Federal requirement includes church-run preschool programs.
When Ministry Becomes Business

When Ministry Becomes Business

How to know when a new bookstore or childcare center will attract IRS attention.
Protect Your Church From Data Loss or Theft

Protect Your Church From Data Loss or Theft Member access only

Simple steps you can take.
Keeping Secrets

Keeping Secrets Member access only

Your church must be careful with the confidential information it controls.
Right Those Copyright Wrongs

Right Those Copyright Wrongs Member access only

How to know if you're stealing what belongs by law to others.
State Day Care Licensing

State Day Care Licensing Member access only

State requirements may vary.
Maximize Your Time Outside

Maximize Your Time Outside Member access only

Make the most of the great outdoors by following these safety ideas.
New Faces? No Problem!

New Faces? No Problem! Member access only

A church in a transient community goes far to protect the children in its care.
8 Supervision Guidelines to Keep Kids Safe

8 Supervision Guidelines to Keep Kids Safe Member access only

Implement these tips to minimize the risk to your church's children.
Hire and Fire at Church

Hire and Fire at Church Member access only

Learn to handle these core issues with confidence.
The Real Hazards of Asking People to Help

The Real Hazards of Asking People to Help Member access only

Ways to reduce the risk of accidents on church work projects.
Safeguard the Church Treasury

Safeguard the Church Treasury Member access only

Important protections against money mismanagement.
Following the Rules for Love Gifts

Following the Rules for Love Gifts

When it pays to get tough on contributions.
Developing a Policy for Outside Groups

Developing a Policy for Outside Groups Member access only

Create clear understandings for facility use.
Energy Efficiency Pays Off

Energy Efficiency Pays Off Member access only

Being a good steward of the planet's resources is financially beneficial.
Avoiding Transportation Accidents

Avoiding Transportation Accidents Member access only

Understanding the safety and legal issues of using vans and buses.
Select and Screen Safe Drivers

Select and Screen Safe Drivers Member access only

Are your church members' lives in the right hands?
Responding to Transients

Responding to Transients Member access only

Protect the safety of your church staff.
Securing the Faithful

Securing the Faithful Member access only

What New Life Church did right when a gunman showed up in its parking lot.
Reducing Accidents in Maintenance and Construction Projects

Reducing Accidents in Maintenance and Construction Projects Member access only

Discover the importance of a safety supervisor.
The Risks of Recruiting a Minor

The Risks of Recruiting a Minor Member access only

Can we use volunteers who are under 18?
Clean Kids, Healthy Kids
Primary struggles

Clean Kids, Healthy Kids Member access only

Creating a healthy environment in your church nursery.
Sexual Misconduct at Church

Sexual Misconduct at Church Member access only

National survey results may prompt churches to draft policies.
Safe on the (Play)Ground

Safe on the (Play)Ground Member access only

Follow these guidelines to keep playtime as carefree as possible.
Handle Financial Theft at Church

Handle Financial Theft at Church Member access only

What do you do after you discover the crime?
Informing the Congregation about an Embezzlement

Informing the Congregation about an Embezzlement Member access only

Explaining the situation to your church without risking defamation.
How to Fire a Volunteer

How to Fire a Volunteer Member access only

You may not want to do it, but sometimes you need to let volunteers go.
Calculating Overtime

Calculating Overtime Member access only

Incorrectly paying employees can leave churches exposed to lawsuits.
When You Need a Break

When You Need a Break Member access only

When can active lay people find rest and refreshment?
Staying Above Reproach

Staying Above Reproach Member access only

7 rules to help volunteer leaders protect themselves and the kids they serve.

The Importance of Policy Manuals Member access only

There's more to workplace justice than good intentions.

Safe Church, Safe Kids Member access only

How one church creates a safe environment for kids.
Hosting Large Events at Your Church

Hosting Large Events at Your Church Member access only

The risks and rewards of inviting big groups.
Preventing Arson

Preventing Arson Member access only

What your church can do to avoid becoming a statistic.
Breaking Boundaries with Minors

Breaking Boundaries with Minors Member access only

Consider the insights of legal experts on the topic.
Prepare for a Short-Term Missions Trip

Prepare for a Short-Term Missions Trip Member access only

Practical tips to help you avoid unexpected emergencies.
Reducing the Risk of Vandalism

Reducing the Risk of Vandalism

Identify and eliminate opportunities for vandalism.

Camp Safety Member access only

Risk management provides a safe environment at camp.

Befriend Police, Reduce Crime Member access only

Your top theft prevention tool may wear blue.
Fringe Benefits for Church Staff

Fringe Benefits for Church Staff Member access only

The right package can save you big tax dollars.

Understand Insurance Terms Member access only

Use these explanations to build your insurance knowledge and confidence.

Rules of Play Member access only

Here's what to look for in recreational and playground equipment.

Prepare the Way  Member access only

Practical ways to make your church accessible to all.

Keep Your Members Healthy Member access only

Advice for faith-based groups.
Hiring a Professional Fundraiser

Hiring a Professional Fundraiser Member access only

Getting the pros, not the con.

Can Technology Help Prevent Crime and Violence at Church? Member access only

Pros and cons of security technology.
5 Steps for Building a Volunteer Safety and Security Team

5 Steps for Building a Volunteer Safety and Security Team Member access only

A church administrator creates a sustainable, long-term solution.

Screening Teen Workers Member access only

How to select safe volunteers without a background check.
Disaster and Emergency Readiness in the Local Church

Disaster and Emergency Readiness in the Local Church Member access only

Understanding the types of disasters that can impact your church.

Safe and Legal Mission Trips Member access only

Consider legal and tax issues before sending a team overseas.
Screening the Screener: What to Look For in a Background Check Service

Screening the Screener: What to Look For in a Background Check Service Member access only

Two simple steps to reduce the risk.
Why Your Church Needs Counseling Policies

Why Your Church Needs Counseling Policies Member access only

One case illustrates why you need to be proactive in your counseling procedures.

The Use of Principles and Policies Member access only

Principles provide an underlying sense of direction, while policies provide specific direction.

The Growing Risk of Embezzlement  Member access only

Why churches are more at risk than ever.
Evaluating Your Next Vendor

Evaluating Your Next Vendor

Ask key questions to avoid getting scammed.

Drafting a Crisis Response Team Member access only

Put this task force in place today, before the crisis comes.
Avoiding Food Allergies

Avoiding Food Allergies Member access only

When did snack time become a risk?

Limiting Exposure to Employment-Related Lawsuits  Member access only

Protect your ministry from going to court over workplace issues.
Making the Most of a Housing Allowance

Making the Most of a Housing Allowance Member access only

Understand how and when to designate a housing allowance.

Building with Security in Mind Member access only

Security elements to consider when designing a new building.
What to Do with a New Hire

What to Do with a New Hire Member access only

How to make sure you're following the law.

Can Social Networking Get Us Sued? Member access only

How to safeguard your church staff's use of popular communication tools.

Church Documents and Records Member access only

Information every board member should be familiar with.
Creating an Evacuation Plan

Creating an Evacuation Plan Member access only

Preparing for any emergency.

When Your Church Needs a Lawyer Member access only

What you should know about selecting an attorney to prevent legal risks.
"I Can't Promise Not to Tell"

"I Can't Promise Not to Tell" Member access only

Youth workers have ethical and legal duties they must fulfill.

You've Been Embezzled Member access only

Here's what to do next.
Protecting the Elderly from Abuse

Protecting the Elderly from Abuse Member access only

Create policies and procedures to protect older adults in your church.

Can We Hire Someone Receiving Workers' Comp? Member access only

Can our church knowingly hire a person who is receiving workers' compensation benefits?
Avoiding Negligent Supervision

Avoiding Negligent Supervision Member access only

Churches can be liable for injuries sustained during church activities on the basis of negligent supervision.
Let People Shop

Let People Shop

Food pantries feed more, waste less with client choice.
Using Volunteer Construction Workers

Using Volunteer Construction Workers Member access only

Understanding potential costs when a volunteer gets hurt.
Employment Interviews

Employment Interviews Member access only

What you can and can't ask.
Managing Any Crisis

Managing Any Crisis Member access only

While you can't know what will happen, you can know how to respond.

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

Let ChurchSalary do the work. Get personalized compensation reports for staff and pastors.

Church Finance

Church Finance Member access only

Learn about budgeting, financial reporting, tax compliance, insurance coverage, and more.
The 2019 State of Church Compensation Report

The 2019 State of Church Compensation Report Member access only

Data and statistics about the state of church compensation in the U.S. for 2019.