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Church Mutual now live with CM Select, a new online insurance company

MERRILL, Wis. – Church Mutual Insurance Company has launched CM Select Insurance Company. CM Select is the first insurer to offer online access to a product created specifically for smaller churches and other religious organizations. These organizations can easily obtain quotes, purchase policies and manage their insurance needs online, simplifying the insurance-buying process.

“As all sectors of business, including faith-based organizations, move toward a digital-first approach, we’ve taken the opportunity to disrupt the market with CM Select,” said Kurt Brandau, CM Select president. “Churches, especially smaller churches, tend to be strapped for time and are looking for convenient coverage that is unique to their specific needs. We’re proud to be the first insurer of faith-based organizations to provide an online purchasing experience, allowing them to spend more time focusing on their mission.”

The launch of CM Select demonstrates that the Church Mutual family of companies continues to lead the industry, finding new ways to meet the needs of houses of worship.

“We have built our success on listening and responding to the needs of faith-based organizations,” said Rich Poirier, Church Mutual Insurance Company president and CEO. “Our policyholders continue to embrace technology and want online access to their insurance information. We developed this company with their needs in mind.”

CM Select is currently writing business owner policies (BOP) for smaller churches and other religious organizations in Michigan with plans to launch in Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin by year’s end. This rapid growth is expected to continue through 2019. CM Select has earned a financial strength rating of A (Excellent) From A.M. Best.

About CM Select

This wholly owned subsidiary of Church Mutual Insurance Company is a provider of insurance designed specifically to meet the needs of smaller religious organizations of all denominations. Coverage includes BOP property and liability insurance. For more information, visit

About Church Mutual

Church Mutual Insurance Company, founded in 1897, offers specialized insurance for religious organizations of all denominations, as well as schools, camps, denominational offices and senior living facilities. Church Mutual markets most lines of commercial property and liability insurance, including multi-peril, workers' compensation and commercial auto insurance. In addition to insurance, Church Mutual provides a spectrum of value-added solutions that benefit its customers. Church Mutual holds the following honors:

  • A.M. Best Company "A" (excellent) rating
  • 2018 Ward’s 50 Top Performing Property and Casualty Insurers
  • BenchmarkPortal Top 10 National Customer Service Center
  • Wisconsin 75 by Deloitte US, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Futuremakers Partner, by Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Celent Model Insurer for innovation and emerging technologies
  • Award in Innovation for entrepreneurialism and innovation, by National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

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P.O. Box 357 | 3000 Schuster Lane | Merrill, WI 54452-0357
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