Diocesan Council Action
Diocesan Council Enrolls All Congregations in Alacrity Program for Oversight, Coordination of Claims & Repairs
Church Insurance to Present New Program at January 10 Webinar
Diocesan Council is pleased to announce an action taken in its December 4 Council meeting: The unanimous approval of new Church Insurance policy and rates, as well as the enrollment of all diocesan entities in Alacrity, a new program through Church Insurance that is designed to enhance the claims process while helping to contain insurance costs.
Alacrity serves congregations by managing many aspects of the damages claim repair process through its network of vetted and approved contractors in a wide variety of specialties. There is no additional charge for Alacrity, and Church Insurance has offered a 3% savings on the Diocese’s insurance premiums for the 2019 fiscal year. Any congregation not wishing to participate in the program may choose to opt out.
Congregation leaders including clergy serving congregations, senior wardens, treasurers, and parish administrators can expect to receive a separate email from Diocesan Financial Administrator Rich Sagui with an invitation to attend a web conference on January 10 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM during which a member of the Church Insurance team will present the Alacrity program and be available to answer any questions. Congregants who wish to attend the meeting may request to be added to the list by sending at email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alacrity oversees and coordinates the entire claims and repair process for a church that experiences insured damages. Churches sometimes experience unforeseen catastrophic property losses, which can require a high level of expertise, time and oversight. Typically, church leadership is tasked with identifying, selecting and managing the various contractors required to complete the reconstruction work. Now Alacrity can ease the burden by enlisting contractors from an approved quality list of construction industry firms with particular expertise in the types of damages incurred (e.g water, fire, etc.) and with expertise in church and historic buildings repair. Alacrity identifies a regional project manager, contracts with workers, oversees the work, and pays the contractors when the work is completed. Church leadership is apprised of each step, participates in the claim settlement agreement, and signs off on each phase of the repair as it is completed. As well as overseeing the repairs to completion, Alacrity warrants the workmanship for three years and the materials for one year.
In his report to Diocesan Council, Treasurer Gerald Davis expressed his confidence that Alacrity may offer expertise, buying power, management responsibility, and quality assurance beyond what would be available to most congregations independently.