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Sample Policies

Sample Policies for Congregations and Synods

Best practices for all organizations, including nonprofits and churches, recommend that a number of policies be adopted by the organization. There are several sample policies here for organizations to start with, but always consult with a legal professional in finalizing policy so it is consistent with local and state laws.

Business Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy

Ethics policies are designed to help persons understand fiduciary duties and address conflicts of interest or appearance of conflicts. It is important to consult with your legal and financial advisors when adopting a business ethics policy.

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Policy

A written policy statement is an important first step toward preventing sexual misconduct or harassment. Make sure all persons concerned are aware of the policy and understand the content. When misconduct occurs, the entire congregation suffers emotionally, spiritually and financially.

Helping Hands Fund/ Good Samaritan Policy

Many congregations seek to provide funds to help needy persons in the congregation or community. Adopting a Helping Hands/Good Samaritan Policy may be the best approach when deciding how to provide assistance.

Computer and Internet Use Policy

In an effort to ensure that congregation electronic property is used appropriately and to prevent computer from damage from unsafe websites, it is best to have a policy in place for individuals who use congregation electronic property.


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