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Protect your Church and congregation with customized coverage from The Covenant Insurance Group.

Find peace of mind when insuring your house of worship.

When insuring your church, you need to think of it as a building but also as a ministry, a community center, an employer, and in some cases, a religious leader’s home. Our customized church insurance program (built specifically for you) will help bring the important protection your ministry needs.

What does church insurance cover?

Church insurance is a specialty type of commercial insurance that protects your church and congregation against specific risks. There are many different coverage options that may or may not apply to your ministry, which is why there is no one-size-fits-all solution. For example, a church insurance policy may take care of costs such as property damage from theft, vandalism, and natural disasters, but may also cover the unexpected associated costs for those covered events such as having to update the building to comply with local ordinances when carrying out repairs after an incident.

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Stained Glass Insurance
Risk Factor

Stained glass is often very valuable and sometimes priceless. Several hundreds of thousands of dollars might be needed to refurbish the stained glass. If it’s damaged by vandalism, hail, fire, or other means, it can be very costly to fix. Finding a qualified contractor may also be challenging.

Solution

Depending upon your insurance coverage, an appraisal of your stained glass damage could be free of charge. In addition, consider including the value of the stained glass in the building limit of the church, and also include coverage under the church’s blanket limit. Some insurance companies may treat stained glass as part of a fine arts floater. Either way, this helps ensure the proper coverage in the event that something bad happens.

Abuse and Molestation Insurance
Risk Factor

There are hundreds of reports each year of people being sexually abused by clergy, church staff, volunteers, and congregation members. Countless more are abused without any report being made.

Solution

Obtain the proper abuse or molestation coverage to protect the church in the event of an allegation arises. In addition, consider having a written document to address how to prevent sexual abuse from happening and what to do in the event of an allegation.

Non-Owned Auto Insurance
Risk Factor

Church volunteers and employees often use personal vehicles to do work for the church.

Solution

Make sure to add hired and non-owned auto coverage to the church’s insurance policy to cover this exposure. Also, check the motor vehicle records for anyone who drives other members…especially kids.

Religious Freedom Insurance
Risk Factor

Churches sometimes have very closely held beliefs that may open them up to potential lawsuits in the event the church’s beliefs cause someone else to feel wronged. An example might be a church refusing to perform a same-sex marriage, which results in a lawsuit.

Solution

Consider adding religious freedom coverage. This insurance can protect the church in the event it is sued because of closely-held beliefs core to the church.

Directors and Officers Liability Insurance (D&O)
Risk Factor

Almost all churches have some form of board of directors that makes financial and operational decisions on behalf of the congregation. An organization once sued a church for improperly using their trademarked property while promoting a fundraising event. The total loss and defense costs totaled $400,000.

Solution

Directors and officers liability insurance protects the decision-makers of the church from lawsuits and claims. Instead of suing the individuals directly, the lawsuit would be defended by the church’s D&O policy. Most people who serve on a board in a volunteer capacity should demand this coverage before serving.

Church Roof
Risk Factor

Roof claims are the most common claims that churches face. Each year, billions of dollars of damage are typically paid as a result of storm damage.

Solution

Ensure you have the proper coverage and confirm that you are insured to full replacement value. In addition, make sure your insurance policy includes replacement cost coverage for roof claims for wind and hail.

Church Security
Risk Factor

Security in churches is becoming a larger issue as attacks have increased in recent years.

Solution

Every church should have a security plan. This plan should detail where parishioners go in the event of an emergency, which entrances are open during worship times, who should contact the authorities, how to spot someone who may pose a security risk, and how to react to someone who is trying to cause harm to parishioners.

Professional Liability Insurance
Risk Factor

Religious Leaders often find themselves giving counseling to couples or other church members. In addition, religious leaders could be at risk of a lawsuit for what they say in the pulpit.

Solution

When it comes to counseling, religious leaders should have clear guidelines on what is acceptable in a counseling situation. In addition, religious leaders should be trained to know what needs to be reported to the authorities in the event of an extreme situation. Adding professional liability coverage to your church’s insurance policy can help protect the religious leader and church from claims or lawsuits arising from what the religious leader says at the pulpit or when teaching or preaching.

Most common coverage options for houses of worship.

Churches are unique in the type of insurance they require. Ensuring that your house of worship is properly covered is important, and here are a few of the coverage options that may be added to a church insurance policy:

  • General Liability (Including Sexual Abuse and Molestation)
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Workers Compensation
  • Counseling Liability
  • Auto (Including Hired & Non-Owned Autos)
  • Other Events (Weddings, Funerals, Camps, Trips, And More)

The gaps that church insurance fills in.

The list of coverage items that an ordinary policy might not include is lengthy. Examples include specialized coverage for pastoral & lay-leader counseling, coverage for decisions made by church leaders, and even the costs of repairing or replacing things like stained glass windows, musical equipment or other specialty items. You may also select coverage for houses of worship events such as paid child care or schools.

Coverage for the unexpected.

Good stewardship requires careful planning, and helping you prepare for the unexpected is our specialty. You may want coverage for liability issues, travel risks on mission trips, and the costs of recruiting a suitable religious leader if a replacement becomes necessary. These issues can come out of nowhere, but having the right coverage gives you the protection you need.

Are you ready to protect your house of worship with church insurance from Covenant? Contact us to learn more (we’d love to speak with you).

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