Atlanta, GA, December 02, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- The Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management (ICSARM) has announced that beginning January 1, 2010 they will begin to rollout local Church Safety Roundtables across the United States and Canada.
During the past two months ICSARM’s Executive Director Michael Boutot has been conducting various church interest polls and has held two national teleconference calls with over twenty leaders in the church safety, security and risk management arena. The result is the announcement of launching this new initiative at the first of the new year. “We are excited about the opportunity to expand our presence across North America with the advent of these new Church Safety Roundtables” said Boutot.
While the development of the program is still in the works, there are currently fourteen states ready to launch a local Church Safety Roundtable. “Many churches have little or even worse no plans whatsoever to respond to the risks that are before them,” said Jon Schrock, Chapter President for the Charlotte Church Safety Roundtable chapter. “In order to reduce these risks in the churches in the Greater Charlotte area I am excited about building the Charlotte Roundtable. We are pleased to offer to churches a selection of the best service providers for local churches,” added Schrock, who also serves as pastor of Parkdale Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC. ICSARM’s goal is to have at least one Church Safety Roundtable in all 50 states by April 2010 and one in every city with a population of 1 million people or more by the end of 2010.
With over 600,000 churches reported in America and a growing concern over church safety and security, churches are looking for opportunities to ensure they are providing a true safe environment for all their church members. The local Church Safety Roundtable provides free membership for one to five individuals in each church depending on size. Local meetings include discussion on best practices to what to select for proper insurance coverages to what security system is best for a particular church. In addition to providing education and training for local churches, the Church Safety Roundtable is also designed to evaluate service providers to local churches to make sure the best service provider is being selected by the local church.
About the Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management, LLC (ICSARM)
The mission of ICSARM is to promote the highest level of professional competence to churches and para-church organizations in the area of church risk management by providing programs of study, service, training, exchange of information and problem-solving discussions, leading to more effective and efficient utilization of church facilities and resources for the overall protection of the church building and her ministries, to include church staff, volunteers and members. General Membership for church leadership is free.
For more information, please visit www.churchriskmanagement.org