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  • Fire, Wind, & Rain: Avoiding Tragedy

    By Alex Brown on October 18, 2018

    This time of year always reminds me of that James Taylor song about the fire and the rain … I guarantee one or both of those things will threaten, or even damage, some of our ministry campuses this year. Last week a bunch of rain hit California and this past summer we saw fire almost everywhere in our great state.

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  • Is Your Ministry’s Parking Lot Costing You Money?

    By Nancy Connell on August 14, 2018

    The tax reform package that went into effect in December of 2017 had a lot of good things in it, but one thing we didn’t hear anything about was the Nonprofit Parking Tax that was hidden within it. It’s in Section 512(a)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code, which was added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While Congress was touting

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  • Tips For Ministry: Serving Communities Affected By Fire

    By on July 3, 2018

    Once again our California communities are being affected by fire and many of our ministry folks are offering to help. This time it’s the County Fire in the Sacramento area, which has expanded to 70,000 acres and is only five percent contained. Please, please make sure that your church, congregation, and community are safe. If your church is looking for

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  • Defining Safe Ministry

    By Nancy Connell on June 28, 2018

    We often get asked about how to deal with active shooters in ministry. There’s no doubt that every ministry, whether a church, school, college, or outreach program should be aware of how to react to an active shooter situation.  Is that the only threat to safety? What does safe ministry even mean? Here’s another one. Does Sally in the children’s

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  • Sanctuaries: Soft targets, Crowded Places

    By Charlie Cutler on June 27, 2018

    Here’s something your ministry really needs. In May 2018, the Department of Homeland Security released its Soft Target and Crowded Places Security Plan Overview. Guess what? Houses of Worship  & ministry are on the list of “soft target-crowded places.” If you don’t have it, grab the overview here. Now, how do you use the report? Come out to our Securing the Sanctuary event

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  • Abiding By “Ban the Box” At Your Ministry

    By Charlie Cutler on March 29, 2018

    Is your ministry abiding by the new California “Ban the Box” initiatives? Many of our ministries, Christian churches, schools and colleges, and religious non-profits are wondering how AB 1008 will change ministry when it comes to hiring staff and volunteers.  A swarm of assembly bills, senate bills, and laws that have recently passed have churches or faith-based organizations (510(c)(3)’s) wondering

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  • Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls on Your Church Campus

    By Zach Folmer on January 2, 2018

    Did you know that slips, trips, and falls make up a majority of general industry accidents (including churches) according to the U.S. Department of Labor? STFs are some of the most common injuries on church campuses; they’re also some of the easiest to prevent. If you’ve never heard of an STF, it’s not shorthand for Saint Francis; it’s the acronym

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  • Prevent Fire Damage to Church Property

    By Zach Folmer on July 19, 2017

    Let’s face it: we could all do more to prevent fire damage to church property. Especially when around 95% of wildfires in California are caused by people. That’s a startling statistic, and according to Cal Fire, an accurate one. Our California summers bring dry conditions and heat, both huge factors when it comes to fire risk – especially if there’s

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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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  • Ministry-Risk Trends To Be Aware Of

    By Matt Campbell on April 14, 2017

    Ministry-risk issues can distract a church from its mission like nobody’s business. That’s why, like most important topics, there’s never a stupid question. You’ve heard that, right?  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

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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 Emergency Service Command Center

    By Zach Folmer on February 15, 2017

    Have you considered running a church emergency service command center? 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

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  • Preventing Water Damage in Your Church

    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

    Has your church taken note of the challenges your special needs members face on a day-to-day basis? It may be time for a special needs ministry. 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

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  • Preventing Food-Borne Illness At Your Church

    By Zach Folmer on December 1, 2016

    Is everyone on your team aware of what they need to do to prevent food-borne illness at your church? 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

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  • Marijuana in Church? Understanding Prop 64

    By Steve Robinson on November 17, 2016

    Marijuana in church? Probably not. But, 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

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  • Playing Pokémon Go at Church: Has Your Church Been Overrun by Pokémon?

    By Sam Yeo on July 12, 2016

    Have you seen people playing Pokémon Go at church? 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

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  • Alert: Don’t Let The Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Rules Cost You

    By Sam Yeo on June 28, 2016

    Did you know an important Fair Labor Standards Act 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

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  • 10 Security Risks At Church

    By Steve Robinson on May 24, 2016

    Worried about security risks at church? It’s understandable. 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

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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 work comp rates are the some of 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 Zach Folmer 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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  • 10 Essential Church & School Security Resources

    By Steve Robinson on January 11, 2013

    Church security is becoming more important and protecting your ministry in a changing world has become a larger concern. When shots rang out at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, teachers immediately locked classroom doors and took other steps to protect the children in their care. Sadly, they weren’t able to shield everyone. Tragedies like this one illustrate the importance

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

    By Alex Brown 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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