Chairman's Message

Steadfast

Mark Robison

As I look back on 2020, I’m amazed at the way God has carried us through so many challenges. I’m reminded of our company’s founders and their vision to provide mutual aid to their fellow churches. They started Brotherhood Mutual in 1917, and soon after were confronted with the Spanish Flu pandemic. Back then, they only served eight churches, providing insurance for fire and storm damage. Today, we serve more than 65,000 churches, Christian schools, colleges, camps, and mission organizations with property and liability insurance, commercial auto, accident, mission protection, workers’ compensation, payroll and payroll tax services, and so much more.

I am grateful that we can provide the services and information that ministries need at a speed and scale our founders never could have imagined. We truly live in a remarkable age that enables us to remain connected to one another. The Psalmist says, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

Not only was this past year challenging because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, but it was also a record year for catastrophic events like wildfire, floods, and hurricanes. Through it all, I was reminded of how your ministries relied on His faithfulness to carry you through difficult times. I heard countless stories of how you pivoted to meet the needs of your staff, congregations, students, campers, and mission teams. One example I heard was from a church in Michigan that started meeting as smaller groups in homes to maintain health and safety. Attendance grew more than they expected during the past year, and that one church is now four churches today.

Many ministries experienced reduced facility use due to shelter-in-place orders and guidelines that limited gathering. As a result, we were able to return $3.7 million of liability premium on Brotherhood Mutual Auto policies and Commercial Multi-Peril policies, helping you focus on ministry priorities. I’m also thrilled that ministries were able to save more than $2.5 million in health benefit costs through our strategic alliance with Remodel Health. That’s real tithe dollars going back into your missional goals.

As ministry leaders worked hard to serve their people, we continued our emphasis on pastoral wellness — hosting a resilient pastor webinar to provide encouragement and connection. We also donated $500,000 to Full Strength Network through the Brotherhood Mutual Foundation, because we believe strongly in their mission to help ministry leaders thrive. More importantly, our independent agents and staff spent time praying with tired, stressed, and anxious pastors and ministry leaders.

As the pandemic unfolded, our agents and corporate team served your ministries by bringing you timely information to help you manage the emerging risk. You frequently visited our COVID-19 web page that contained timely, helpful articles, videos, webinars, and checklists.

I’m thankful for all the work and effort you put into serving your people throughout 2020. As we look ahead to 2021, there are so many reasons to be excited. As mission teams go back out to the field, we’re ready to help bear the administrative burden through a new mission trip management system. We’re also ready to protect your foreign operations through our new Global Mission Protection program.

We are encouraged to see how God’s steadfast love brought us through the enormous challenges of 2020. As you focus on serving the needs of your communities, we remain unwavering in our mission to protect you as you take the gospel to the nations.

Running together,

Mark A. Robison, CPA, CPCU
Chairman & President