Church, it’s where we go on Sunday mornings dressed in our best slacks and dresses. It’s where we go to talk and spend time with our fellow church family. But most importantly it’s where we go to hear and learn the word of God, it’s where we go to praise Him. However, our relationship with Him does not stop when we walk out of those church doors. It continues as we drive down the street, go to work or school, in the relationships surrounding us, and most crucially in our homes. It is imperative that we radiant godliness not just Sunday, but everyday. And luckily we do not have to do it alone.
Recently my church started a program called Life Groups. Life Groups consists of five different ministry leaders hosting a bible study at different locations away from the church during the week. Bible studies can be a comfortable and relaxing environment to learn more about His word and connect with fellow church members. As a ministry leader, it can also be intimidating to have activities take place away from church property. Here are a few things to help:
Your Ministry can be protected away from the church.
It is important to clarify that only church sponsored activities can be covered by your insurance policy. For example, Life Groups at my church would be covered since it is advertised and carried out by my church. Bible studies not promoted by the church are not covered, such as meeting friends from church at a house for coffee.
Questions you may ask:
1. What type of coverage should I have?
Blanket Special Event Liability Coverage. It extends general liability for any church sponsored events or activities away from church owned properties. It simply just extends the coverage you already have at the church to other locations, when sponsored and advertised by the church.
2. What are things you can do to provide safety and security off premise?
Here are 3 easy ways to provide safety and security away from church premises:
- Assigning an authorized group leader that acts on behalf of the ministry to continue and reinforce guidelines and expectations that are set at the church.
- For the church to have an active formal enrollment process. When choosing locations and a group leader, it is important to take a look at the group as well. Some things to look at when enrolling would be contact information, an emergency contact, and lastly food allergies in case food is going to be served.
- Lastly, if the group decides to do physical activity, have a waiver or release form in case an injury does occur. Download a sample release form to help get you started.
These good practices will ensure the safety and security away from the church. Along with the Special Event Liability Coverage, there should be no worries about hosting a bible study!