Local Church
Churches closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak still need to care for their buildings. Jeff Koch, president and chief executive officer of United Methodist Insurance, offers advice on reducing the unusual property risks presented by coronavirus-related shutdowns. 2018 file photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications.

Keeping church property safe amid closures

United Methodist Insurance offers five tips to help keep people and property safe at a time church buildings are largely unoccupied.
General Church
Washington Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg, Va., is back open after closing for two weeks in January as it searched for new insurance coverage. Washington Street was among the United Methodist churches that got higher premium notices just before Christmas from United Methodist Insurance, a subsidiary of the denomination's General Council on Finance and Administration. Photo courtesy of Washington Street United Methodist Church.

Premium hikes have churches scrambling

Churches and conferences are unhappy about higher premium notices from United Methodist Insurance that arrived just before Christmas.

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