Surviving the Unthinkable:  A Pastor’s Story of Strength

Russ Smith, Lead Pastor of Midtown Church in Missoula, MT., has lived every pastor’s nightmare.

On the evening of Fourth of July, 2009, the small congregation did as they had done for previous patriotic celebrations; they climbed to the flat roof of the church to better view the city fireworks display. The venue was safe. It is not very high off the ground, and has a half wall around the perimeter. Waiting for the show to begin, everyone was finding a comfortable place to sit. The children did what children do:  running and chasing.

And then the unthinkable happened. An eight year old girl placed her two hands in the precise spots, at the precise time, with dozens of other factors falling into place, and in a million-to-one chance of an accident….electricity surged through the child. The investigations are conclusive:  the accident could not have been avoided. But the grieving continues.

What happens when a shepherd can’t protect his sheep?

In an exclusive interview, Pastor Smith talked with us about the valley through which he has walked. He spoke of the guilt, the emotional devastation, the cloud of inadequacy. His is a story of survival.

Does a “Seth” attend your church?

From Sidney to Spokane – from Cody to Cut Bank – from Pocatello to Fort Peck:  Seth Lodine visits hundreds of churches, camps and Christian Schools.

For more than five years Seth has dedicated his profession to assisting ministries with their insurance/budgeting needs. His goal is for ministries to have as many dollars as possible to put back into their ministry without having uncovered exposures that could financially bankrupt them.

And that is what the Legacy Series is about. Taking what we have learned and giving that information to the hundreds of ministries we insure so that they can best.  Protect, Strengthen and Build their ministry.

Allow us to be your liaison, both between you and the insurance company and with other ministries across the Northwest. Through this connection, you can learn from one another and achieve the one goal we all share: spreading the Word of God.

Curb Appeal?

Does an insurance company look for the same strengths as a Sunday guest might?

As an insurance agent, when Seth visits a church for the first time, he looks at curb appeal. Does it look well maintained?

When the maintenance committee is determining what can be done to “spruce up the church” you not only might be helping your insurance rates, you may also be attracting a new guest.

For Board Members

It rocked the sports world. His rise to the top was legend levitra cost. He held the record for the most victories by an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football coach with 409 and was the only FBS coach to reach 400 victories. He coached five undefeated teams that won major bowl games and, in 2007, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach.

But in the span of 12 weeks, Joe Paterno, Penn State head coach, transformed from beloved Penn State icon to Rorschach test on child abuse to ailing victim.

Don’t let this happen to you.

Sexual misconduct can occur anywhere. But in recent year, churches and related ministries have become targets of lawsuits alleging some type of sexual impropriety by a counselor.

Ordering background checks is the most vital action a church can do to reduce the likelihood of negligence. Additionally, it often reduces insurance rates.

While background checks are not mandated by every church insurance company, they are typically required for increased limits or discounts. Who should get a background check? Check our website for a list and instructions on ordering them.

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