Webinar: Risk in Missions – Practical insights for Agencies and Churches


Risk in missions is something we take very seriously.  This year the On Mission virtual conference is dedicated to the this topic.  As part of that event a wide scale research project has been conducted seeking to understand mindsets and preparation of churches and missions agencies related to this topic.  As a follow up event to On Mission we are hosting a one hour webinar with top industry experts to reflect on the study and provide practical suggestions to churches and mission agency in preparing for and managing risk for short-term and long-term missions ministry on a global scale.  This webinar will overview the research study, provide practical insights and allow for Q&A from participants.


Michael VanHuis, Vice President Missio Nexus


Derek Gard and Kyle Johnson with Brotherhood Mutual

Brotherhood Mutual provides insurance protection and mission-enhancing services for U.S.-based ministries operating at home and abroad – This has been the company’s passion for over 100 years.  

 In offering broad insurance coverage, safety and risk management resources, and a wide variety of innovative ministry services, Brotherhood Mutual is an active partner in advancing the Kingdom around the world.

 Josh Heidelman with the law firm Castañeda + Heidelman LLP

A boutique law firm with a national presence serving businesses, nonprofits, and individuals with a focus on dispute resolution, investigations, and compliance.

The firm consists exclusively of highly experienced attorneys from top-tier backgrounds including AmLaw 100 firm practice, in-house legal departments, and the Department of Justice.

About out presenters:  

Derek Gard:

In 2003, on a last minute request from his pastor, Derek visited the Dominican Republic for the first time on a short-term mission trip. During that trip, God infected Derek’s heart for cross-cultural ministry. A short while later, Derek and his family served with GO Ministries in the Dominican Republic for 5 years. Facilitating mission trips, fundraising coach, and hub director were just a few of the hats Derek wore while on the mission field. Currently, with Brotherhood Mutual, Derek assists Mission Sending Organization’s in building custom risk management programs.

Kyle Johnson:

Kyle Johnson serves as Associate Corporate Counsel at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. Kyle works within Brotherhood Mutual’s legal department and assists Christian ministries with legal risk management issues, focusing on child protection, worker screening, religious freedom, and insurance coverage. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, Kyle received his Juris Doctor degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2012 and received his CPCU designation in 2018. Kyle attends Pathway Community Church in Fort Wayne, IN, serving in the first impressions and adoption/foster care ministries.

Josh Heidelman:

Josh Heidelman is a partner at the law firm Castañeda + Heidelman LLP, where his practice focuses on employment, compliance, internal investigations, board governance, and litigation/dispute resolution.  In addition to his experience in private practice, Josh also served nearly seven years with Wycliffe Bible Translators, a global ministry whose 3,000+ missionaries are serving in more than 70 countries worldwide.  His roles at Wycliffe included General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and as a member of Wycliffe’s Executive Leadership Team.  Josh lives in the Chicago area with his family.

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