American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest & Hawaii

Third Thursday

June 2022

You Are Invited to the June Third Thursday!

Click to Join the Meeting on June 16th at 10:30 AM  

May 2022

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April 2022

What Church Leaders Need to Know to Implement California Law AB506

On April 21, 2022, Charlie Cutler, President of ChurchWest Insurance Services ( gave a presentation on California AB506, a law to protect children from abuse to ABCOFLASH (American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest and Hawaii - ) pastors and leaders. This law categorizes churches in California as "youth service organizations" and requires them to:
* Train ALL church employees of a church and board members AND volunteers working with children and youth regarding child abuse and reporting.
* Do LiveScan background checks of all church employees and volunteers who have direct contact with children and youth.
* Develop written policies for reporting abuse and have 2 mandated reporters present during youth and children's activities.

Click here for the PowerPoint presentation in this video

Visit these websites that were referred to in this presentation for additional information about California AB506
*ChurchWest's master page on AB506:
*Model Policy: (ministries can get started on this now)
*Guide to AB506 Compliant Background Checks:
*Training: (both the free training and ChurchHRNetwork's training is explained here)
*Article by Charlie Culter written for the for the Evangelical Council on Abuse Prevention discussing the pros and cons of the legislation:
*Mandated Reporting Training:
*ChurchWest Ultimate Guide for Churches and AB-506:
*Church HR Network -
*Clergy Privilege -

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