Prevention, Protection and Peace of Mind for Presbyterian Church(USA) Communities
The Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order directs all Churches, Synods and Presbyteries to obtain adequate property and liability insurance coverage to protect the facilities, programs and officers including members of session, staff, boards of trustees and deacons and elected and appointed officers (G-12.0306, 11.0308 and 10.01020, respectively). Insurance Board meets or exceeds all of the recommendations, and currently provides coverage to more than 1,400 Presbyterian Church (USA) ministries. Insurance Board is a property and liability insurance program created for churches by churches, founded on one guiding principle: We serve you so you can serve God.
In 1997 four churches of Reformation heritage acted on an ecumenical proposal to adopt A Formula of Agreement. With the adoption of this Agreement, the four denominations declared, on the basis of A Common Calling, that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ are in full communion with one another.
The Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, is also a full communion partner of the United Church of Christ. The Alliance of Baptists, a community of churches, is a Partner In Mission, with the United Church of Christ. The Insurance Board program is only available to these formally aligned denominations.
In 2009, the Insurance Board Board of Directors approved the Presbyterian Church (USA) as another denomination it serves. Churches and related ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) can now enjoy the full benefits of a faith based insurance program run by church people for church people. Insurance Board is recognized by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) office of Risk Management Services as one of only three insurance companies that meets their guidelines for their churches. We are a Business Partner with the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, and we have launched a Sexual Abuse Prevention 24 Hour HelpLine (scroll down) for the churches and ministries within Presbyterian Church (USA).
We are insurance people who understand your Presbyterian faith. We understand that your congregation is important to the life you want to live and the world you want to shape.
Learn about our products and services uniquely designed for Presbyterian Church(USA) communities.
The Abuse Prevention Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by experts in abuse prevention. Callers receive expert advice on how to best respond to suspicious behaviors, and/or suspected abuse, as well as the best prevention protocols. Callers can be anyone within the church seeking guidance on:
- What to do about suspicious interactions.
- How to respond to an allegation of abuse.
- When and how to report to authorities.
- Identifying risks in programs.
- Screening employees and volunteers.
We understand the specific needs of our Presbyterian Church (USA) churches, including specially-designed programs like The SafeConduct™ Workbench. Here we provide tools to develop your ministry’s abuse prevention program that will help you avoid the risk of disruption to your community of believers. These include access to services and other reference materials. Services are available to all Presbyterian Church (USA) churches, related entities, and camps. These and all our programs are designed with your church in mind.
Child Protection Policy
The implementation and documentation of a Child Protection Policy strives to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect.
“Any type of abuse involving children, youth, or vulnerable adults has lasting and devastating
effects on the life of the victim/survivor. It is the call of the Church to be a life-giving entity of Christ’s
healing and hope for community and individuals, not an entity that brings harm and hurt.”
Insurance Board agents are exclusively appointed because of their understanding of, and compassion for the beliefs of the congregation.