...please forgive me if this sort of topic has been discussed elsewhere on here. Feel free to re-direct to it if necessary.
There has been a local ministry (interpretive dance) meeting at our church facility, and it is led by a member of our congregation. Up to this point, they have operated on their own, with the only tie to our church being that they meet at our facility. They have now grown to a point where they feel like they could/should look at being under our church "umbrella" much like our current Gems or Cadet programs, for example. This feeling is driven primarily by a need for extra finances and concerns about liability and safety (they have looked into going 501c, but feel that they are not yet ready to go down that road.)
So, how do we proceed in a way that is legal, efficient, and safe?
Liability - what would need to happen so that our current insurance policy would cover this ministry? I know this may seem like "...just call your insurance company" but are there any extra concerns we should be aware of?
Donations - what would need to happen so that individuals could give to this ministry and be legally tax deductible? Could they give towards our church, and we simply redirect the funds to the ministry?
Child protection - we are familiar with this as all of our current programs are compliant. However, this particular ministry has a much greater percentage of non-members and community participating, so are there any extra concerns we need to be aware of?
Leadership - another leader and various instructors of this ministry are not members of our congregation. What concerns (aside from getting them compliant for our own child protection policy) would there be?
Thank you for any thoughts, always appreciated!