Becky Moyer, co-owner of Moyer & Moyer Insurance Agency, Inc., is a church insurance specialist with extensive expertise and experience working specifically with houses of worship. Representing GuideOne Insurance, one of the largest national insurers of churches, their agency personally insures over 500 churches, associations, Christian...

Becky Moyer, co-owner of Moyer & Moyer Insurance Agency, Inc., is a church insurance specialist with extensive expertise and experience working specifically with houses of worship. Representing GuideOne Insurance, one of the largest national insurers of churches, their agency personally insures over 500 churches, associations, Christian schools/seminaries, religious headquarters and non-profit ministries. Becky graduated summa cum laude from William Jewell College. Becky has been with GuideOne since 1981, starting her career as a national trainer before becoming the first woman sales manager for the company.

Over 25 years ago, Becky and her husband returned to Missouri and started Moyer & Moyer Insurance Agency. As a pastor’s daughter and having served as treasurer in her local church, Becky developed insight and passion for helping churches be good stewards of their insurance budgets. She has a lifetime of involvement serving in her local church in children, youth, personnel and finance ministries, providing her practical insight in recognizing and implementing loss control issues and coverage needs. Becky and her husband, BJ, are members of Fellowship Greenwood. They have two adult daughters, Julia and Kat.

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5 Steps to Reduce Risks of Bursting, Freezing Pipes

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A burst pipe is more than an unpleasant problem; it can also have a devastating financial impact on a property owner. With the average burst pipe claim  costing $15,000, it is vital for homeowners and church leaders to take measures to address freezing pipes. Reduce your risk of freezing pipes bursting in your home or church with the following tips. 1. Make sure pipes in your home or church are properly insulated. Pay special attention to exposed pipes, as they are more likely than other pipes to freeze. Your degree of protection will rise with the amount of insulation you apply, so be careful not to skimp on your insulation, especially if you live in a raised home that is  more prone to freezing pipes . 2. Wrap pipes with heat tape. This can provide added protection to your pipes and can also help counteract the freezing process if it has...
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3 Tips to Protect Your Church and Home This Winter

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Winter can be a dangerous time at your home or church: temperatures drop, snow can fall, and sidewalks, driving areas, and other walkways can become icy, becoming hazardous to drive and walk upon. These events can cause injury, from broken legs from falls to frostbite in dangerously low temperatures. They can also cause property damage to homes and churches. How can you protect your yourself and others from the harshness of winter? Follow these three tips to stay safe. Make sure the pipes don't freeze . If temperatures drop below freezing, the water in plumbing pipes in both your home and church can freeze. Frozen water takes up more space; it expands, causing pipes to burst. As a result, your family and friends are suddenly without water, and you’ll need to call a plumber to repair the pipes and control the damage. This can become quite costly. As a safety measure,...
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How to Make Church Budget Planning for 2018 More Productive

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The end of the year is drawing closer and the annual budget needs to be considered and planning meetings should shed light on best steps to take as we flip to a new calendar. Taking time now to reflect on your church's goals and how best to achieve them will make itemizing and breaking down 2018 less of a chore and more of an opportunity growth. Strike Up a Conversation Talk to your ministry leaders and volunteer leaders. Ask how things are going, if they have any current needs, and what they'd like to see change. Ask about their future plans for growth. You will harvest plenty of useful information to bring to the budget planning table with support and evidence from your investigation. Think About the Bottom Line When Looking at Your Overhead As you go through the remainder of the year, think about how each facet of the church pertains to worship, ministry, and...
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Social Media Practices to Protect Your Organization

Social Media Practices to Protect Your Organization
Social media sometimes comes under fire for the inflammatory content that some people publicly post on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Yet at the same time, social media is also a great place to reach people, interact, and grow your audience base. How do you make sure your organization’s outreach is optimal on social media? Follow these social media best practices below. Post responsibly. Use a measured tone. Don't overreact. Have a specific point that you want to make with your social media post. Are you providing information on an organizational function? Are you encouraging dialogue with the youth group? It's good to think of how each post fits into your overall plan for the organization. Don't simply react to content you have seen. Some social media content is posted just to get a reaction from people. Remember that, and don't take the bait. If you are quoting articles or...
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Tips for Hosting a Food Drive This Holiday Season

Tips for Hosting a Food Drive This Holiday Season
According to Feeding America , 12 percent of households in America experience food insecurity. The holidays are a perfect time to help our neighbors by organizing a food drive to help those in need in your local area. How Do I Get Started? First, you'll want to select the local organization that will receive your donations. Once you've narrowed down your list of candidates, reach out to the charity to determine their needs and the best way to deliver their donations. Organizing the Event Once you've contacted the beneficiary of the food drive, now it's time to begin the planning process: Determine how the food will be collected. Will there be multiple drop-off locations or only a single place for people to leave donations? How will the drive be staffed? Figure out how many volunteers will be needed to host the drive, including any team leaders needed. Meet with the team leaders...
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5 Hazards to Be on the Lookout for in Your Church Nursery

5 Hazards to Be on the Lookout for in Your Church Nursery
Do you do safety checks for your church nursery? If not, it's time to get started. Doing so will allow you to identify and address potential safety problems. Ensuring a safe nursery environment will not only protect the little ones, but it will also provide their parents with a valuable sense of security. Window Covering Cords  Window covering cords seem harmless, but they can become strangulation hazards. It is recommended to keep all window cords well out of reach of children. Cribs should never be placed near them. Be sure to eliminate any dangling cords and ensure pull cords are kept as short as possible. You can also switch to cordless window coverings to create a safer environment for kids. Dilapidated Cribs Do a periodic safety check of nursery cribs. Pointers from the U.S National Library of Medicine include ensuring: there is no missing, loose, broken, or poorly installed hardware there is...
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Protecting Your Church from Wildfires

Protecting Your Church from Wildfires
According to National Geographic , an astonishing 100,000 wildfires occur every year. Four out of five of these fires are started by humans. Fortunately, there are many simple safety precautions that you can take to help reduce the chances that a wildfire will occur. Here are several pointers for protecting your church from wildfires: If a group wishes to create a bonfire or campfire, adhere to the following guidelines recommended by the American Red Cross : Only start a fire in an appropriate fire pit. Clear the area of vegetation and create a stone ring before starting a fire. Never leave a fire unattended. Douse a fire with water and smother it with dirt before leaving it. Never start a fire on a windy day. Additionally: Ensure smokers dispose of matches and cigarette butts in a closed container or water. Don't park a hot vehicle in dry grass. Don't spill gas or oil...
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Preventing Financial Fraud at Your Church: The Importance of Accountability

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What comes to mind when you hear the words “con artist”? Do you envision the tourist hustler on the street? Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and deceit can also happen in our churches and houses of worship. Could this happen to you? Make sure to take proactive steps to take financial accountability to reduce the risk of trickery at your church. Churches can fall victim to fraud due in part to the internal culture. Good people are more trusting, which leads to a corporate nature of security, forgiveness, and second chances. Take notice if things start feeling out of place and uncomfortable. So, are there preventative measures to take to protect your church financially? Definitely. First, do screen your leaders and prominent members, and select people with high integrity. Second, increase accountability . Safekeep deposits, collections, and funds by ensuring finances are handled, checked, and reported with care by various...
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Must Haves for Your First Aid Kit

Must Haves for Your First Aid Kit
Accidents are unpredictable and seem to happen when you least expect them. Having a well-stocked first aid kit is essential, especially when it comes to young children. Items listed below are a starting point for you to explore other important tools to add to your first aid kit. Take time each month to inspect your first aid kit to ensure all items are stocked and not outdated. Keeping a list of all items, the expected quantities, and expiration dates inside the kit can make it easier to manage. Over time you can add items you find beneficial to your environment and experiences. Non-latex gloves to protect against the spread of infection Sterile dressings for wounds including: Absorbent gauze pads and gauze wrap Adhesive tape Adhesive bandages in multiple sizes Antiseptic wipes or alcohol wipes to clean wounds Topical ointments: Antibiotic ointment for open wounds Hydrocortisone cream for insect bites and poison...
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What your Church Must Know about 15-Passenger Van Safety

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Many churches rely on 15-passenger vans as an economical mode of transportation. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the rollover rate for these vans is higher than for most other vehicles, making 15-passenger van safety an essential topic for any church . Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of experiencing a rollover. Tires Choose tires that are rated “load range E,” which are capable of carrying heavier loads. Many vans are driven only a few miles each year, but that does not necessarily mean your tires will have a longer lifespan. Replace your tires if they have a tread depth of less than 1/8”, show signs of dry rot, or are more than five years old, whichever comes first. Loading When carrying only a few passengers, have them sit in the front of the van. Rollovers are less likely when weight inside the...
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