Are Your Church IT Policies Too Restrictive?
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Are Your Church IT Policies Too Restrictive? 
Promote collaboration across church staff with these key reminders.

A church IT worker’s job includes protecting the church from cyber threats. However, this protection—such as restricting the ability to download software—can feel too confining to staff members, and this can cause tension. There are ways IT workers can help ...

Ministerial Exception • Tax Fraud Allegations • Church Protests Liquor Store: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Ministerial Exception • Tax Fraud Allegations • Church Protests Liquor Store: News Roundup

Court Dismisses Gender Discrimination Claim Due to Ministerial Exception. “In Fratello v. Archdiocese of New York . . . the US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals held that the principal of a Catholic elementary school is barred by the ‘ministerial exception’ doctrine ...

Man Threatens Nun • Church Sues Festival • Zoning Hoops: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Man Threatens Nun • Church Sues Festival • Zoning Hoops: News Roundup
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Virginia Church Denied Permit to Move into Industrial Property. “The Rocky Mount Town Council voted Monday night to deny a special permit that would allow a church to move into an area zoned for industrial use. . . . The property is zoned M1—Industrial Limited District, ...

Church Property Dispute • Sanctuary Church • Fireworks Damage: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Property Dispute • Sanctuary Church • Fireworks Damage: News Roundup
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Ohio Court Rules Competing Church Factions Must Share Building. “In Mullins v. Wicker . . . an Ohio appellate court, in a 2-1 decision, agreed with a trial court's decision in a case in which two competing factions of the Little Ettie Old Regular Baptist Church in ...

Top Aide to Pope Francis Faces Sexual Assault Charges 
What churches can take away from the controversy surrounding George Cardinal Pell.
Top Aide to Pope Francis Faces Sexual Assault Charges
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George Cardinal Pell—senior Roman Catholic prelate in Australia, Vatican treasurer, and aide to Pope Francis—faces charges of sexual assault.

Pell has denied the veracity of the “multiple charges” from “multiple complainants,” according to ...

Why Your Church Needs a Defibrillator 
How one church’s use of an AED illustrates the importance of having one on-site.
Why Your Church Needs a Defibrillator

When attending church services, you may not consider the possibility that someone could unexpectedly experience sudden cardiac arrest. But the reality is that it can happen—and churches need to be prepared to respond.

“Cardiac arrest—an electrical malfunction ...

SCOTUS Religious Liberty Ruling • Abuse Cover-Up • Church Vandalism: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
SCOTUS Religious Liberty Ruling • Abuse Cover-Up • Church Vandalism: News Roundup
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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Missouri Church in Religious Liberty Case. “In a 7-2 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer . . . the US Supreme Court today [June 26] held that the First Amendment free exercise rights of Trinity Lutheran Church ...

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Church Property & Administration: Volume 2 of Pastor, Church & Law

Church Property & Administration: Volume 2 of Pastor, Church & Law

Topics: inspection of records, federal reporting requirements, incorporation, zoning laws, and more.