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Q&A: How Do We Budget During This Time of Rapid Change and Uncertainty?

Q&A: How Do We Budget During This Time of Rapid Change and Uncertainty? Member access only

First step: stop focusing on your annual budget.

A Nearly $22 Million Verdict for Sexual Abuse Not Excessive, Affirms Federal Appeals Court Member access only

Churches should understand that a single incident of child abuse can expose a church to damages far in excess of its insurance coverage.
When Does the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Exempt Reporting Child Abuse?

When Does the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Exempt Reporting Child Abuse? Member access only

Montana Supreme Court interprets the state's mandatory child abuse reporting law did not apply and rules in favor of church.
How Thorough Is Our Background Screening Program?

How Thorough Is Our Background Screening Program?

Proper screening costs very little but increases safety a great deal.
Are We Protecting Our Youth Ministry?

Are We Protecting Our Youth Ministry?

12 question checklist to assess the safeguards you have in place.
Are We Prepared for Gun Violence at Church?

Are We Prepared for Gun Violence at Church?

Discover if you're protecting your congregation.
Are We Prepared for a Sexual Misconduct Allegation?

Are We Prepared for a Sexual Misconduct Allegation?

Use this checklist to help prepare for a sexual harassment allegation in your church.
Is Your Data Left Unguarded?

Is Your Data Left Unguarded?

Keep your church records and data safe with the right precautions and software.
Is Your Church Prepared to Host a Large Event?

Is Your Church Prepared to Host a Large Event?

11 question checklist to help you assess the unique risks your event presents.
How Well Do We Screen and Train Children's Workers?

How Well Do We Screen and Train Children's Workers?

12 question checklist to help you identify gaps in your screening process.
Do We Prevent Crime at our Church?

Do We Prevent Crime at our Church?

A checklist to help you evaluate your building's security.
Do You Know How to Select Church Insurance?

Do You Know How to Select Church Insurance?

16 questions to help select and retain your church's insurance.
Supreme Court Rules that Title VII’s Ban on “Sex” Discrimination Includes Sexual Orientation

Supreme Court Rules that Title VII’s Ban on “Sex” Discrimination Includes Sexual Orientation Member access only

The significance to churches and religious schools and colleges.
How Seven States Mandate Employers to Train on Sexual Harassment

How Seven States Mandate Employers to Train on Sexual Harassment Member access only

The similarities—and distinctives—of these training laws that churches in each state should understand.
What Churches Should Know About State-Mandated Sexual Harassment Training Laws

What Churches Should Know About State-Mandated Sexual Harassment Training Laws Member access only

Some states now require employers to train annually on harassment, and don’t exempt churches. More states may follow suit.
The Do's and Don'ts of Political Activities by Churches

The Do's and Don'ts of Political Activities by Churches

Understanding how a church's tax-exempt status is affected—or not—when it supports or opposes candidates, distributes voter guides, advocates for certain issues, and more.
Giving Is Climbing, Say Some Church Leaders

Giving Is Climbing, Say Some Church Leaders

New survey offers reasons to be cautiously optimistic after weeks of restrictions on in-person gatherings.

Woman Could Sue Her Former High School for Negligent Supervision in Abuse Claim Member access only

But the appeals court ruled that she could not sue for negligent hiring.
What if Someone in Church Has the Virus?

What if Someone in Church Has the Virus?

Understanding the rights of congregants, staff, and volunteers.
What the Supreme Court’s COVID-19 Opinion Means for Church Gatherings

What the Supreme Court’s COVID-19 Opinion Means for Church Gatherings Member access only

A deeply divided Court rejected one California church’s request to restore in-person services sooner than the state governor ordered.
Q&A: How Can Our Members Adopt a New Budget When We Can’t Meet?

Q&A: How Can Our Members Adopt a New Budget When We Can’t Meet? Member access only

If your fiscal year begins July 1, budgeting during the pandemic presents unique challenges—but there is a way forward.