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Arsonists torch four neighboring churches

United Methodists in Western North Carolina seek answers to recent blazes in Part 2 of Special Report on church fires. Read More

Church fire guts building, not spirit

Outreach to Athens, Ga., community will continue as Oconee Street United Methodist Church faces uncertain future. Read More

‘Moments of deep grace’ after church fire

"People from all denominations have rallied to our cause" with prayer and encouragement after church fires. Part 3 of a Special Report. Read More

Church fires challenge United Methodists

Part 1: Whether caused by lightning strike or arsonist's torch, blazes force congregations to face the unknown, accept help from others. Read More

A Dec. 22, 2012, fire destroyed the sanctuary, office area and part of the fellowship hall of Gideon Grove United Methodist Church, Stokesdale, N.C. Photo by the Rev. Nancy Rankin.

Church fires: Damage, recovery, prevention

During 2012 and early 2013, fire destroyed or damaged more than a dozen United Methodist church properties across the United States. Read More

Churches beware: Liability insurance a must

The reality is that congregations must be prepared for lawsuits; having the right insurance is the first step. Read More

How do you protect your church property?

When choosing insurance against property loss such as fire, churches should not be penny-wise but pound-foolish. Read More

Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications

How to protect your church from theft

Insurance and other measures can help churches reduce their risk from financial shenanigans. Read More

Safety and Security: Cyber Attacks

When you think of computer hacking or data breaches, what comes to mind? Sony? Equifax? Only big companies? True, big companies are often the target of hackers. But, according to... Read More

Safe Church Bus and Van Ministry

Transportation best practices and procedures are important to have in place because the stakes are so high. Every time church members board a church-operated vehicle, they are in your churchâ€... Read More

Preventing Violence in Churches: Arson

In this article, we look at another type of violent crime that can occur at a church organization: arson. This type of violent crime is more common than an active... Read More

How to Minimize Risk in Parking Lots and Garages

Most churches have parking lots and some even have parking garages to maintain. These suggestions will help make your parking areas safer places for your church members and employees. 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

How to Protect Equipment during Power Loss

Power loss can be a temporary glitch, or it can seriously affect day-to-day operations and damage equipment. Blackouts are a complete loss of power. Brownouts are a significant reduction in... 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

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

Winterizing Your Church

No matter whether your climate brings severe weather or just a temperature drop, churches should take steps to winterize their properties to minimize issues. HVAC inspections Corrosion, pressure,... 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

What to do If You Smell Gas

You know a gas leak can cause serious damage; you have likely seen news stories about gas explosions in buildings. This type of risk can be reduced by proper maintenance —... 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

Fall Checklist

You might think that you can put off preparation for winter at this time of year—but it makes sense to do an inspection in milder temperatures. If you find... 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

Prevent Damage from Frozen Pipes

A church might have ownership of a vacant building or close off a section of the church complex that’s not in use. Without proper maintenance, this can lead to... Read More

Mold and Moisture: Act Quickly

Mold growth can cause serious secondary damage when you have temperature changes and water infiltration. Mitigate mold growth Call United Methodist Insurance (UMI) immediately if you have water... Read More

How to Clean your Basement after a Flood

Whether a storm or a burst pipe causes your basement flood, you need to begin clean-up immediately to minimize damage. Step One: Document and report your losses Contact... Read More