Insurance and Risk Management Resources for CSBC Churches.

ChurchWest is proud to support member churches of the California Southern Baptist Convention. Our insurance coverages and resources protect against the unexpected, so you can focus on Kingdom Building.


We'll protect your first-amendment rights.

Our country has shifted – both legally and culturally. In the last few decades, nearly every first-amendment protection for religious non-profits has been challenged in the courts. At ChurchWest, we will fight for your right to live out your theology and biblical values. 

We protect the rights of faith-based nonprofits by providing:

Compliance Resources

We provide faith based compliance support, including our ministry workplace poster and employee handbook reviews.

AB-506 Assistance

ChurchWest is a recognized leader for helping California churches comply with mandated reporting legislation.

Faith-Based Insurance

Our insurance coverage is built for ministry, including sexual abuse liability and religious freedom protection coverage.

We’ll help you get AB-506 Compliant

In the wake of many sexual abuse tragedies, the State of California passed AB-506. This law raises the expectations on California churches for preventing and reporting child abuse. By working with ChurchWest, you’ll soon be on the road to compliance.

Working towards compliance with AB-506 involves 3 steps:

Step 1: Policies & Procedures

First, your ministry must implement a child safety plan compliant with AB-506. Get started with a sample child safety plan courtesy of the ChurchWest Risk Management Library.

Step 2: Live Scan

Next, your ministry must register as an authorized requesting agency with the CA DOJ for Live Scan background checks. This applies to all employees and regular volunteers.

Step 3: Training

Every employee and regular volunteer must undergo mandated reporter training. As a member of the CSBC, your church can access free training through HR 180 by Church HR Network (A $1200 value!).

We’ll get your ministry the right insurance coverage.

Nobody understands church insurance like ChurchWest. By partnering with us, your ministry can access the core coverages like General Liability and Workers’ Comp, as well as insurance coverages built specifically for faith-based nonprofits.

Dr. Ralph W. Neighbour III

Insurance Liaison and Relationship Manager

Ralph is a 7th generation pastor with over 55 years of ministry experience. Ralph earned his Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Gateway Theological Seminary. After leading his own church for several decades, Ralph became team leader for the CSBC Church Revitalization Team. Ralph now serves as the CSBC Liaison at ChurchWest, where he provides leadership and risk management coaching to ministries across California.

Ready to get started?

If you’re ready to take your ministry’s risk management to the next level, just fill out this form. 

After submitting the form, you’ll receive an email confirmation letting you know we’ve received your request. This will be followed by a personal call by Dr. Neighbour. During your discovery call, Ralph will ask you a few questions about your ministry and together you will learn how ChurchWest can help protect your mission. Don’t worry, he takes very good notes!

There is no obligation. Just fill out this form to get started.

Book a Discovery Call

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