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Book of Resolutions: Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse in the Church

Children are our present and our future, our hope, our teachers, our inspiration. They are full participants in the life of the church and in the realm of God. Read More

Sample Policy - 15 Passenger Vans

15 Passenger Vans (15PV’s) are inherently dangerous vehicles for passenger transport. Read More

United Methodists open doors in disasters

From Colorado to the Atlantic coast, churches have worked to help those suffering in the clutches of the summer of 2012. Read More

Basic Guidelines When Opening Your Church

When disasters occur, many churches feel the call to open their churches as shelters in order to help community members who have been displaced. If this is something you decide... Read More

How to Prepare for a Malicious Attack

Unfortunately, churches and schools have been targets of shooters and other violent scenarios, as we all know. This second article on preparing for unexpected violence is part of a series... Read More

Disaster Planning e-Book Preview: New Resource Available Soon

How do you make a plan that encompasses all of the possibilities and keeps both your property and your church members secure? United Methodist Insurance’s new disaster preparedness e-book,... Read More

Why Churches Need a Social Media Crisis Communication Plan

When you take part in the world of social media, the potential for problems exists. However, these risks do not necessarily mean you should disengage from social media because it... Read More

The Church and Facebook

Now that social media is ever-present in the lives of most church members, many people expect that churches have a Facebook presence – and many of them do! Anyone can set... Read More

Winter Checklist

Whether your climate is snowy or mild, it’s important to protect your church property during the coldest months of the year. Read More

Fire Prevention Checklist

Holidays mean special celebrations and special decorations. Fire prevention is important year-round, but at this time of year, more candles are burned and more electricity and extension cords are used... Read More

Holiday Traditions: Safe Decorations and Activities

Christmas is a time of deep religious significance and time-honored traditions. It’s also a time of considerable activity within the church – and that requires extra attention to safety. Read More

Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

Half of all injuries on church property are related to slips, trips, and falls. These accidents can be attributed to a variety of issues, such as snow or ice, cracked... Read More

Screening Those in Charge of Youth

Children and youth are at risk of being abused in church-related schools, ministries, and camps. We keep children from growing in faith when we allow abuse to occur in any... Read More

Preparing a Church Emergency Plan

OVERVIEW If a phone call came into the church office that the senior pastor had just suffered a heart attack, would the person answering the phone know what... Read More

Protecting Your Congregation When the Unthinkable Happens

United Methodist Insurance, in an effort to help you provide a safe haven for your ministries, provides the following guidance from the Department of Homeland Security and in... Read More

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc in coastal states. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected, that they may swiftly recover and rebuild. Harvey and Irma are stark reminders... Read More

What to Put in your Emergency Kit

There are many excellent resources for building your emergency kit available on the internet. Read More

Emergency Planning for the Elderly and Disabled

Proper planning and communication among church staff and volunteers ensure all remain safe in an emergency, including the elderly and disabled. It is important to plan for the evacuation of... Read More

8 Ways to Get Ready for a Disaster

Overcoming inertia is one of the biggest challenge that churches face when it comes to disaster planning. When you look at disaster planning as a whole, it can be overwhelming.... Read More

Workplace Ergonomics: Well Workers Are Productive Workers

A typical office worker might spend the whole day seated in a chair, staring at a screen, continually typing and clicking a mouse. Lack of movement variety, incorrect posture, or... Read More

Water Activities Checklist

Summertime often means fun in the sun—and in the water. If your church is planning a trip to a local pool, lake, or river, make sure that you follow... Read More

Volunteer Guidelines to Keep Churches and Schools Safe

Volunteers give their time to help organizations further their missions. They can be of great help to a church or school, and many organizations depend heavily on them. Some small... Read More

Proper Lifting Tips

10 Proper Lifting Tips: Avoid Injuries Strains and injuries are not limited to those who do heavy labor. Hundreds, if not thousands, of injuries happen in churches across the... Read More