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Ministry-Risk Trends To Be Aware Of

Ministry-Risk Trends To Be Aware Of

Matt Campbell

Matt Campbell

Vested Partner at ChurchWest.
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Ministry-Risk TrendsMinistry-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 question because we assumed that everyone knew the answer to it and we should already have the answer.  On the other hand, when we hear other people ask ministry-risk questions, the answer is often something really insightful.

Watch the Ministerial Exceptions and Excemptions WebinarWe’ve been tracking some of the trending ministry-risk questions that the nearly 3,000 churches we serve ask our team. We’d like to share some really common issues that have been coming up.

To help us answer them we’ve created a bunch of blogs, pages and resources for each that you might really find useful in your ministry.

  • Computer Hacking: What is cybersecurity? Do we really need cyberliability? How many of us have gotten an email from our bank, opened it and then clicked a link inside? I’m willing to bet a vast majority of us have done it. Unfortunately that email may not have been from your bank – it may have been from a hacker.
  • Guns On School Property: What are the rules? 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. You need to be aware of the rules on who can and can’t carry a gun on campus and when.
  • Recreational Marijuana in California: What does it mean for our church? 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 the vast majority of Californians who don’t use this particular form of entertainment. You should be aware of what this may mean for your church.
  • Child Abuse In Ministry: What do we watch for and how do we stop it? Child abuse in ministry can happen anywhere. That’s why you should ask yourself: Have all of my employees and volunteers that work with youth at our church had a background check?
  • Legal Questions: I have a legal question, who do I ask? If the camp’s bus breaks down, you call a mechanic. If the church’s power goes out, you call an electrician. If your ministry is facing a legal issue, who do you call? Most ministries don’t have legal resources that are readily available to respond to legal issues that arise. We’ve got you covered.
  • Social Media and Employees: Is there a risk to our ministry? Social media seems easy and fun, right? Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, blogging … they’re probably tasks you and your staff perform every day. But are you participating in social media the right way? Have you considered the broader risk to your ministry?
  • Emergency Command Centers: Disaster affected our community; how can we help? When it comes to weather, it’s been getting downright Biblical out there lately. That’s why your church may be considering acting as an emergency shelter or emergency response command center. When a natural disaster occurs, your church could be your community’s salvation. Have you researched the resources available to you?
  • Drones: We have one; how do we use it safely? 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. If your church has a drone you need to make sure you are up-to-date on how operating a drone at church could impact your ministry.
  • Water Damage: How do we prevent it as we emerge from the drought? It may not be easy, but it’s 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 lurking, and that means you’ve got to constantly be working toward mitigating some of the risk.
  • Volunteers: They’re supposed to work for free, but are they costing us money? When something needs to be done to take care of the church many members may be eager to offer their professional services at little to no cost. It seems like a wonderful blessing since many churches operate on such limited budgets. Yet the reality of such gifts can be anything but a blessing. In the end it may end up costing you more than hiring an outside contractor. 
  • Disability and Special Needs Ministry: How can we help our disabled congregants? Before you launch into your special-needs program, regardless of how small it might start, learn about the emotional, spiritual and financial risks you face and how to protect your organization from time-consuming and costly mistakes.
  • Foreign Travel: Our ministry crosses borders … does our insurance? What about Zika virus? Zika Virus is now a global threat. As you start to plan your foreign mission trips for next year, it’s important to be aware of any risks that your ministry may be exposed to as you travel.
  • ACA/Obamacare 2017 Changes: What’s going on? Affordable Care Act changes are a hot topic right now.There’s been a lot of back and forth on what’s going to change with the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), and that creates a lot of confusion for both you and us as an agency. It’s important to stay informed of any proposed Affordable Care Act changes that could affect your church.

I hope that these ministry-risk prevention materials prove helpful as you continue to work toward furthering the Kingdom.

Are you seeing any emerging risks in 2017 that aren’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comments section, below. You can also talk to us on Twitter or Facebook.

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