The Causes and History of Church Property Tax-Exemption
The Causes and History of Church Property Tax-Exemption
A podcast interview with Frank Sommerville reveals the long, world history of religious exemption.

Why are churches exempt from property taxes? When was this decided in the United States and by whom? What is the history of tax-exemption behind the decision?

Frank Sommerville, an attorney, CPA, and editorial advisor for Church Law & Tax, discusses the answers to those ...

Hawaii’s Abuse Scandal • Emanuel AME’s Nobel Nomination • Clergy Reporting: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Hawaii’s Abuse Scandal • Emanuel AME’s Nobel Nomination • Clergy Reporting: News Roundup

Sixty-three People Claim Abuse by Hawaiian Church and School. “A Catholic church and school on Oahu, Hawaii, have generated the most allegations across the state of priests and teachers sexually abusing students decades ago. Court documents say Saint Anthony Church in ...

8 Tips for Church Bulletins
Ways to improve this weekly handout.
8 Tips for Church Bulletins

At my church, we recently redesigned our entire bulletin. Here are a few things we learned through the process:

1. Remove Clutter

Open your current bulletin and cut out anything that is nonessential. This will help ensure your message is clearly communicated.

Simplicity ...

Church Zoning Basics • Misguided Goals • Submit to Schedules: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Church Zoning Basics • Misguided Goals • Submit to Schedules: Management Roundup

1. Churches and zoning rights. "Cities cannot discriminate against churches. RLUIPA requires that 'religious assemblies and institutions' must be treated the same as 'non-religious assemblies and institutions' under zoning laws. This means anywhere a city ...

Experts Featured in Upcoming Church Management Conference
Editorial advisors will present on employment law, health care reform, and more.
Experts Featured in Upcoming Church Management Conference

The annual Southern Baptist Business Officers Conference (SBBOC) this March in Dallas will help churches learn the latest information on employment law, tax, and compliance issues, and health care reform updates.

A number of editorial advisors from Christianity Today's ...

Nationwide Zoning Effects? • Mayor-Pastor under Fire • Anglicans Favor Gay Marriage: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Nationwide Zoning Effects? • Mayor-Pastor under Fire • Anglicans Favor Gay Marriage: News Roundup

Zoning Suit by Religious Order Could Have Nationwide Effects. “An order of Catholic nuns has filed a federal lawsuit against McHenry County for rejecting their proposal to expand facilities at their Northern Illinois Convent, and the case could have farther-reaching repercussions, ...

IRS: Special Church Audit Protection Law Applies to Employment Tax Inquiries and Examinations
How this recent announcement affects churches.
IRS: Special Church Audit Protection Law Applies to Employment Tax Inquiries and Examinations

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that it will apply the special church audit protection rules in Internal Revenue Code Section 7611 to church employment tax inquiries and examinations. Prior to the recent announcement, the IRS’s official position was ...

Dismissing Employees and Volunteers

Dismissing Employees and Volunteers

How to handle personnel problems
Understanding Wage and Hour Laws

Understanding Wage and Hour Laws

Learn about the Fair Labor Standards Act and how it applies to churches.