Grandparent Visitation – South Carolina

South Carolina Family Court has jurisdiction to order visitation for grandparents under certain circumstances.  If either or both parents of the minor child are deceased, or are divorced, or living separately, the court has authority to order visitation with the Read More

Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust – ILIT

The irrevocable life insurance trust, or ILIT, can be a powerful estate planning tool offering significant estate tax savings.  Proper planning results in the life insurance proceeds not being included in the estate of the insured for estate tax purposes. Read More

Church Risk Management Consultations for Your Group

Joy T. Melton is available for risk management consultations with individual congregations and youth service organizations. In addition to authoring these two texts on church risk management published by Discipleship Resources - Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse of Read More

Building Safe Sanctuaries for Youth

In the Gospel of Luke there is recorded the story of Jesus and his family going to worship in Jerusalem for Passover. Luke 2:42 says, “And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival.” Read More


Summer has arrived and we all know what that means. It is mission trip season! Many, many youth and adult groups will participate in local, national, and international mission trips this summer. The youth groups at my local church participate Read More

Fifteen-Passenger Van Safety

Does your church own a 15-passenger van? Does the church use it to transport children, youth, and adults for retreats, mission trips, choir tours or other programs? Many of you will answer YES to these questions. If you do, then Read More

Church Building Use Policy

Do you have a realistic idea of how many groups use your church’s building and facilities each month? Hopefully, your church building is in use for a wide variety of groups and activities each month. After all, providing a place Read More

Church as Employer – Workers Compensation Insurance

If your church does not have Workers Compensation Insurance, then now is a great time to consider it. Here is some foundational information for your consideration. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was enacted in 1970. This Act requires Read More

It’s Hurricane Season!

In September 1989, Hurricane Hugo formed in the Atlantic Ocean, came ashore at Charleston, South Carolina and swept to the northwest corner of South Carolina before turning eastward and ripping a destructive path through my hometown of Cherryville, North Carolina. Read More

Let’s Build A New Church!

Spring is here! Some families are doing their annual Spring Cleaning and some of our churches are beginning new building projects. Here, in Georgia, we are surely fortunate to be part of a church that is growing annually. But, building Read More

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