Background Checking – Every sophisticated organization, especially those serving children, conducts background checks of employees and volunteers. The Insurance Board provides services subsidized at 50% of our negotiated rate for current, active participants. A "basic" background check costs your church only $5. See Safe ConductTM Workbench. All churches and related entities of the United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ (Christian Church), and Presbyterian Church (USA) can take advantage of this program (non-program participants enjoy our discounted rate, but not a subsidized rate).
Property Appraisal – You have a fiduciary responsibility to assure that your insurance limits are adequate for your church. A professional appraisal is recommended for very large churches, historic churches and many built prior to 1950. They often contain craftsmanship, construction methods, stained glass and pipe organs rarely used in modern churches. Industrial Appraisal Company (IAC), a specialist in church appraisal, provides a discount to Insurance Board program participants. To receive an estimate on the cost of an appraisal, go to this link and make your request: Appraisal Service Estimate
Sexual Abuse Prevention Training – Training is a fundamental tool of abuse prevention and detection. Every person involved in youth ministries should receive training. The Insurance Board provides to its participants Armatus on line training from Praesidium at no charge because it is the most important step you can take in abuse prevention. See Safe ConductTM Workbench. All churches and related entities of the United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ (Christian Church), and Presbyterian Church (USA) can take advantage of this program.
Electrical Inspection by TEGG – If your church is more than 30 years old, you can be sure there are defects in your electrical service that can and may result in serious shocks or fires. You may request a visual inspection of your major electrical systems by a licensed electrician through the Insurance Board. You may receive $500 in free repairs of any defects identified as "critical" or "severe." (This service may not be available in some areas.)
Boiler Inspections – Jurisdictional boiler inspections are required by law and are conducted by licensed engineers of your insurance company. They often reveal critical maintenance issues that put your church at risk. If you need a boiler inspection, call the Inspection Hot Line at 800-333-4677. Have your policy number available -- see your Memorandum of Insurance.
Claim Advocacy – Claims are not always simple. The IB insurance policies are unique and include extra benefits that are not common. The IB claim staff is available to be sure that you receive all of the coverage benefits that are intended. We work for you.
Consulting - The Insurance Board is your very own "risk management department". We are here to help you solve problems and find solutions. At any time you may call us or your agent to get answers. Call us or write to us any time. See Have a Question? on the left of this page.
Property Valuation – You have a fiduciary responsibility to assure that your insurance limits are adequate for your church. You may obtain a Marshall & Swift replacement valuation of your church from the Insurance Board simply by taking measurements and a few photographs. Insurance Board staff will do the rest and report back to you. See the Marshall & Swift Replacement Estimate form below.
Publications & Forms – Our risk management publications are specifically geared to churches. We know you work in committees of one. Our set of Loss Control manuals will help you get the job done. Other articles are selected from various resources to keep you up to date and informed. See Safety Soutions
Site Surveys – We especially recommend a site survey when you have just joined the Insurance Board program. Surveys include an introduction to IB services, a Marshall & Swift property valuation, identification of hazards, and a review of management processes with risk implications. You will receive a formal report and follow-up assistance.
Webinars – Attend live and interactive seminars from your home or office. A regular schedule of webinars provides an opportunity to stay current on church-specific risk and insurance issues. See Webinar Information on the left of this page.
Workshops – If you can get 50 church leaders together, we will come to you! There is nothing better than a face-to-face dialogue about important safety, management and insurance topics. We welcome the opportunity to participate in your governing body events.