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You’ll find the latest edition of our risk management magazine for ministries, 
plus bonus articles and checklists.

 

The Deacon's Bench - Hidden Dangers

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The Deacon’s Bench

Cyber threats and power surges are just two of the hidden dangers we’ve uncovered. In this issue of The Deacon’s Bench you’ll learn about these threats, and more. Plus, discover how to protect your people, outsmart cyber scammers, and defend your property against electrifying damage.

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Nehemiah's Few Handyman Ministry

If your organization is looking to jump start a handyman ministry, rev up an existing one, or just take on a few service projects, consider these eight tips to avoid trouble.

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Sample Service Project Agreement

If your ministry is involved in service projects, add a layer of protection by using this sample service project agreement.

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Protect Ministry Data and Computers

Take steps to safeguard personal information to help deter theft, preserve privacy, and avoid lawsuits.

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Sample Cybersecurity Checklist

Make sure your cybersecurity practices are current with this sample checklist.

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Protect Against Ransomware

Ransomware attacks can lock users out of important files and demand payment to regain access. Take the following steps to reduce your vulnerability, so your ministry can operate without interruption.

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Wi-Fi Security Tips

Offering wireless internet access is commonplace in most ministries. Take steps to protect your network from file theft and illegal Internet usage.

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Buying a Surge Protector

Not all surge protectors are created equal. Find out what to look for to help protect your equipment from sudden power surges.

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Lightning: Don’t Let it Strike Fear

Lightening may be fascinating to watch, but one strike can start fires or destroy electronic equipment. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your ministry property.

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Don’t Get Burned by
DIY Electrical Projects

Incorrectly installed wiring is a main culprit in most electrical fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Consider the cost, and the hidden danger, when it comes to DIY electrical work at your ministry.

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Security Webinar

Hear from three leaders in ministry safety and security as they discuss security as a ministry, de-escalating crisis situations, and emerging threats in 2021.

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Resolving Conflicts in Ministry

Ken Sande, a leader in the Christian peacemaking field, offers some time-tested biblical principles for resolving conflicts among people at church.

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Safety and Security Articles

  • Develop a Volunteer Safety and Security Team
    This five-step process helps you create a volunteer force that sustains itself and provides fulfillment to the individuals who give their time and energy to make it a success.
  • Dealing with Disruptive Individuals
    Having a uniform set of policies and procedures for dealing with any interruption can help minimize the disruptive effect.
  • Emergency Drills
    Plan and practice emergency drills to make sure your ministry is ready to move if a fire or storm requires people to evacuate quickly.
  • Create a Medical Emergency Response Team
    In some medical emergencies, minutes can mean the difference between life or death. Make sure your ministry is ready to respond.
  • Developing a Disaster Plan
    Whether the problem is severe weather, pandemic illness, or security threats, these tips and resources will help you develop a plan to achieve operational resiliency.
  • Building Security Checklist
    Take a few minutes to review some often overlooked areas that can result in a security breach.

 


 

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Responding to Domestic Violence

Victims of domestic abuse may confide in someone other than a pastor or ministry leader. Educate your employees, volunteers, and attendees so they’ll know how to respond.

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