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Every Ministry needs a good Risk Management program in operation.

Statistics tell us that not very many ministries have taken a serious look at this aspect of ministry. Many wait until disaster hits and then it is too late.

A good Risk Management Program evolves from being a good steward.

  • Stewardship is the understanding that God, the Creator, owns, has reverter rights, is the beneficiary of every ministry and has peremptory rights over all that we have or ever will have. Our time, our abilities and material possessions are a trust from God, to be used in His service, for the benefit of His Kingdom.
  • Your Ministry – Your Church – You are not the owner, you are the steward, the trustee under God and you are accountable for every aspect of that ministry or church.

A good Risk Management Program is designed to provide the following:

  1. Safety – Help make your ministry a “Safe Place”.
  2. Protection – Protection for everyone that attends.
  3. Excellence – The continued operation of your ministry at a level of excellence.
  4. Protect Assets – Your Risk Management Program should be an organized and structured process to protect the organization’s assets.
  5. Reduce Legal Entanglements – No agency, ministry or person, regardless of the plan, is exempt from litigation. A good public relations plan may also reduce the possibilities of legal entanglements.
  6. Adequate Insurance Plan – It is a must that you have adequate insurance coverage at the best price possible.


Leadership Mentoring Ministries offers the following programs to assist you in developing a good Risk Management Program for your ministry:

1. Reducing the Risk for Child Sexual Abuse – The nightmare of abuse can only be dispelled if your ministry challenges it head-on through an effective managed risk reduction program.

  • LMM Will help you establish a program that will keep you from being negligent in every area of your ministry.
  • Prevention comes through informing your ministry leaders of the problem and empowering them to lower the risk of sexual abuse.

2. Onsite review of the following areas:

  • Written Vision & Mission,
  • Articles of Incorporation,
  • Constitution & Bylaws,
  • Financial Records,
  • Minutes of all boards,
  • All ministry documentation,
    • Federal, State & Local
  • Liability Insurance,
  • Facility Inspection,
  • Ministry Handbooks,
  • Ministry Procedure Manual,
  • Safety Manual/Handbook,
  • Policy Manual/Handbook,
  • Job Description and Performance Agreement for leadership personnel

3. Strategic Planning

  • Pastoral / Leadership Transition Plan – Transition can be an exciting time and a challenging time for the Pastor or the Ministry leader, the Leadership Team, and even the congregation of a church. But, it is a necessary thing to do. Every Pastor or Ministry Leader needs a Timothy “standing in the wings” so to speak, ready to assume leadership of the ministry when the proper time arrives.
  • Retirement Planning (for leaders and staff) – It is very important that you adopt a Policy on “Retirement and Severance Packages” prior to the time of accepting and setting in a new Pastor or Ministry Leader.

4. Coaching

  • A Coach is someone who will come along side you and get to know you and your team. They don’t come with answers – they come with a passion to help the leader and his team in finding their own answers as a team. They don’t play the game for you nor do they tell you which game to play. Where God has called you…they help you follow.