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Insurance Carrier Orders Church How to Treat Sex Offenders

Oregon congregation protests requirements it must meet in order to stay insured.

An Oregon church may be penalized by its insurance carrier for being open about having sex offenders in its congregation.

According to Chad McComas, founding pastor of Set Free Christian Fellowship in Medford, the church's insurance carrier, Church Mutual, sent him a letter May 1 with several requirements: first, that he fully disclose the identity of sex offenders to the approximately 100-member congregation; second, that offenders be allowed to attend only one predetermined service; and last, that offenders be required to have an escort.

The proposed requirements may lead to the end of a church founded in 1997 that reaches out to a variety of individuals, including those struggling with addictive backgrounds.

"That's part of who we serve. But that's not all of who we serve," McComas told the Mail Tribune in June. "We know who our members are. We are being careful and diligent. But how often are we going to have to tell the congregation that someone is a sex offender? The congregation changes ...

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