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  • Alert: Protect Your Church from WannaCry Malware

    By Charlie Cutler on May 16, 2017

    Did you protect your church from WannaCry malware? We’ve been getting a lot of calls from our churches about it over the last few days. If you haven’t heard, a computer malware named Wcry, commonly known as “WannaCry” or “WannaCrypt” has struck – and the damage is worldwide. This attack began late last week on March 12 and is still

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  • Preparing for Church Summer Camp Risk

    By Charlie Cutler on May 2, 2017

    It’s time to talk about church summer camp risk. If you’re running a church summer camp this year, keep reading. When it comes to young people, there are a lot of unique challenges they face that my generation (and maybe yours) didn’t have. One thing that hasn’t changed all that much is the excitement of summer approaching, school ending and the inevitable Summer

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  • 13 Ministry-Risk Trends for 2017

    By Matt Campbell on April 14, 2017

    Like most important topics, when it comes to ministry-risk issues you’ve heard that there’s never a stupid question, right?  That’s because every time someone asks a ministry-risk question, there are a number of people that had that same question, but didn’t ask it. We’ve all been in that situation. Maybe we didn’t ask a question because we assumed that everyone

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  • Are Sanctuary Churches Legal?

    By Charlie Cutler on March 24, 2017

    Are you wondering about sanctuary churches? You may have been hearing a lot about sanctuary cities over the last few months. A sanctuary city is a city that allows sheltering of undocumented immigrants from immigration enforcement. Typically, these cities do not allow municipal funds or resources to be used to enforce federal immigration laws. That means local law enforcement will

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  • Can I Bring My Gun To School?

    By Charlie Cutler on March 3, 2017

    Can I bring my gun to school? Is a question we get asked a lot. It’s a scary world out there. There’s no question about it. Tragically, religious houses of worship and schools are prime opportunities for people to express their hate and intolerance of others. Whether it’s Emanuel AME, Jewish community centers, mosques, or threats of copycat violence, people are beginning to

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  • Church-Operated Emergency Service Command Centers

    By Zach Folmer on February 15, 2017

    A few days ago, somewhere in Northern California, just northeast of San Francisco, a community faced disaster. Damage to the spillway at the Oroville dam displaced 200,000 residents of the cities and counties surrounding Lake Oroville. Residents fled to higher-ground cities like Sutter, but where did they all stay? When it comes to weather, it’s been getting downright Biblical out

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  • April Showers, Spring Flowers, and Water Damage

    By Zach Folmer on February 9, 2017

    Well, April isn’t exactly around the corner, but if these past few weeks of weather are any indication of what’s in store for us this Spring, it might be time to start preparing your Church to deal with two major risks associated with water: water damage from rain and old plumbing systems. The threat of damage from them is always

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  • Starting A Special Needs Ministry

    By Nancy Connell on December 9, 2016

    If you’re a parent, you’ve probably spent long stretches of time at home with your kids, reminiscing about the days when life had a little less responsibility and a little more time for your own pursuits. As a parent myself, I’m sure that thought crossed my mind at one point. Now, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of a parent

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  • Preventing Food-Borne Illness At Your Church

    By Zach Folmer on December 1, 2016

    I just read about a terrible incident where a few people died following a Thanksgiving food service at their local church. Words can’t express just how terrible this tragedy is, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends left trying to make sense of it all. Let’s be clear: it’s not known who is responsible for their deaths,

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  • Now What? California Passes Recreational Marijuana Bill Proposition 64

    By Steve Robinson on November 17, 2016

    Well, whether you agree with it or not California voters overwhelmingly approved the passage of Proposition 64. The new law legalizes adult recreational use of marijuana. Depending on who you listen to the passage of this proposition will either set off a cataclysmic chain reaction of moral and social decay or it will have minimal effects on the lives of

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  • Has Your Church Been Overrun by Pokémon?

    By Sam Yeo on July 12, 2016

    You may notice an uptick in visitors to your sanctuary this Sunday. Maybe you’ve already seen an increase in Gen Z, Millennials or Gen Xers hanging around your parking lot with their cell phones in hand. Try not to worry, they’re just trying to catch some rare and shiny Pokémon. If you are over the age of 30 and don’t

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  • Alert: Don’t Let The FLSA Overtime Rules Cost You

    By Sam Yeo on June 28, 2016

    Did you know an important employment law is changing? You’ve probably gotten a lot of emails about the new FLSA employee overtime ruling that took place on May 18, 2016. If you haven’t heard, the United States Department of Labor made a change to who qualifies as an exempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This new change

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  • 10 Security Risks At Your Church

    By Steve Robinson on May 24, 2016

    Senseless tragedies at schools and churches across the country have shocked us all. As a result of that violence, we have heard from many ministries expressing a need for training, for their churches, to prevent this from occurring again. With that in mind, have you ever found yourself at a crossroads? There’s a decision to make, and you’re not quite

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  • Breaking News: 2016 Work Comp Rates

    By Charlie Cutler on March 21, 2016

    Not all work comp rates are the same…did you see the recent filings?  Of course not!  While you are focused on your ministry, we are monitoring the insurance environment for ministries in California and making sure that your rates are the most competitive available to ministries.

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  • The Hidden Cost of Volunteers

    By Zach Folmer on February 26, 2016

    When it comes to your church, you may consider your flock part of the family. After all, families take care of one another in good times and bad, much like your church takes care of its congregation and community.  So it comes as no surprise that when something needs to be done to take care of the church many members

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  • Avoid the Risk: Working and Playing With Drones

    By Charlie Cutler on January 20, 2016

    When you think of drones, what comes to mind? Many people instantly think of military drones, and although they’re the most familiar type, they’re probably the least common in civilian airspace. We’re now at the dawn of the recreational and hobby drone age. Drones, technically known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are now more affordable than ever.

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  • It’s Time to Build an Ark! Not really.

    By Zach Folmer on October 27, 2015

    It’s Time to Build an Ark! Not really. But it is time to prepare for the rains to come. Water conservation and the drought in California have been top-of-mind for the past few years. But, do you remember the last El Niño we experienced? It started in October of 1997 with a hurricane that slammed into Acapulco leaving behind heavy damage

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  • Here Come the Brides – Is Your Church Ready?

    By Zach Folmer on May 19, 2015

    While hosting a wedding at your church can be a joyous occasion, it’s also a lot of work. Amid the excitement, it’s easy to overlook the safety and well-being of the newlyweds, their guests, and the church building. Taking some simple precautions can help make the day of the wedding both happy and safe for all. Have a Church Representative

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  • Should Your Sanctuary Go Solar?

    By Zach Folmer on May 11, 2015

    Although solar power can lower your congregation’s electric bills and possibly generate income, there are some details that you need to consider. Here are some tips to help with your decision: 1. Long term viability: Technology is changing rapidly – this is especially the case as we are seeing a green economy develop. What’s the life of this project?  Will

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  • Question: Should Church Bell Towers Serve as Cell Towers?

    By Alex Brown on August 8, 2013

    RISKS OF THIS POPULAR-AND PROFITABLE-PRACTICE Many people want excellent cell phone service, but few like seeing steel towers everywhere. That’s why cell phone base stations are increasingly being disguised as trees, cactuses, clock towers, and even lighthouses to blend in with their surroundings. Frequently, churches are offered generous sums to tuck cell antennas into their towers or steeples. It can

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  • The Threat of Reusing Art, a Risk to your Ministry

    By Robert Gammenthaler on November 26, 2012

    It’s easy to download photographs, written content, videos and music from the Internet; however, the publishing rights to these works belong to the person who created them. If someone in your ministry uses creative work for something sponsored by the ministry, the organization could open up risk, and be liable for copyright infringement.  Do not create risk for your ministry,

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  • Will the NFL Shut Down Your Church’s Super Bowl Party?

    By Zach Folmer on November 26, 2012

    Many churches reach out to their communities by hosting game day parties, because it’s a great opportunity for fun and fellowship. In 2007, the NFL made churches think twice by sending a cease-and-desist letter to an Indianapolis church, ordering it to cancel a “Super Bowl Bash” party for 400 members. The NFL cited copyright infringement as the reason for contacting

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  • Church Benefits and Risks of Switching to Solar Power

    By Zach Folmer on February 8, 2012

    Although solar power can lower your congregation’s electric bills and possibly generate income, there are some details that you need to consider. Here are some tips to help with your decision: 1. Long term viability: Technology is changing rapidly – this is especially the case as we are seeing a green economy develop. What’s the life of this project? 2.

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  • Three Easy Things You Can Do To Improve Church Safety This Sunday

    By Steve Robinson on September 7, 2011

    Millions of people will mark the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks during worship services this Sunday. Given the Department of Homeland Security’s encouragement to be on alert for suspicious activity, what could your church do to improve safety for members and guests? We’d like to offer these suggestions: Station extra people at entrances -Ask additional volunteers to serve

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