Law

Concealed Weapons at Church • Child Endangerment Retrial • Donation Box Theft: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Concealed Weapons at Church • Child Endangerment Retrial • Donation Box Theft: News Roundup
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North Carolina Approves Bill to Allow Concealed Weapons at Church/School Sites. “The state House approved a bill Monday night [March 27] that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon at certain churches, citing concerns among some church leaders about security. The ...

Private Police at Church • Religious Discrimination Lawsuit • Church Promises Free Money, Prompts Questions: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Private Police at Church • Religious Discrimination Lawsuit • Church Promises Free Money, Prompts Questions: News Roundup
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Alabama Church Asks Legislature for Permission to Create Private Police Force. “Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools, and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon ...

ACA Repeal Concerns • Church Camp Rape Lawsuit • Embezzlement and Zoning: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
ACA Repeal Concerns • Church Camp Rape Lawsuit • Embezzlement and Zoning: News Roundup
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Many Ministers Concerned About Repeal of Affordable Care Act. “Like most Americans, ministers and their families are facing exploding health-care costs. And for many clergy, the resulting frustration and stress comes on top of the long hours and low pay associated with ...

Q&A: What Churches Should Know About Immigration Law
An immigration attorney shares how churches can help immigrants in their congregations and communities.
Q&A: What Churches Should Know About Immigration Law
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Recently, conversations about immigration have been surfacing in headlines, in our communities—and in our churches. Church Law & Tax talked with immigration attorney Analí Gatlin Looper about the sanctuary church movement, resources churches can use to learn ...

Transgender Bathroom Case • Sexual Abuse Lawsuit • Church Versus Railway: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Transgender Bathroom Case • Sexual Abuse Lawsuit • Church Versus Railway: News Roundup
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Supreme Court Returns Transgender Bathroom Access Case to Lower Court. “Prompted by the Trump administration’s reversal of the federal government’s position on transgender rights, the Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not decide whether a transgender ...

Supreme Court Denies Church Case • Oklahoma Church Lawsuit • Bethel Church Gift: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Supreme Court Denies Church Case • Oklahoma Church Lawsuit • Bethel Church Gift: News Roundup
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Supreme Court Denies Review in Lutheran Church Retirement Plans Case. “The US Supreme Court today denied review in Evangelical Lutheran Church v. Bacon. . . . In the case, a Minnesota state court of appeals held that the First Amendment does not prevent a civil court from ...

Bob Jones Nonprofit Status • Conversion Therapy Ban • Sanctuary Churches: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Bob Jones Nonprofit Status • Conversion Therapy Ban • Sanctuary Churches: News Roundup
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Bob Jones University Regains Federal Tax-Exempt Status. “In a move that’s been more than two years in the making, Bob Jones University announced [February 15] that it would regain its federal tax-exempt status on March 1, more than three decades after the IRS stripped ...

Evangelicals Write to Trump • Transgender Bathroom Case • Pot Shops and Churches: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Evangelicals Write to Trump • Transgender Bathroom Case • Pot Shops and Churches: News Roundup
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Evangelical Leaders’ Letter to Trump. “In a highly unusual move, several conservative evangelical leaders took out a full-page advertisement in Wednesday’s Washington Post to denounce President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees, saying ...

Trump and Johnson Amendment • W-2 Email Scam • Armed Church Security Guards: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Trump and Johnson Amendment • W-2 Email Scam • Armed Church Security Guards: News Roundup
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Trump Claims He Will Repeal Johnson Amendment. “President Trump vowed on Thursday [February 2] to overturn a law restricting political speech by tax-exempt churches, a potentially huge victory for the religious right and a gesture to evangelicals, a voting bloc he attracted ...

Clergy at Trump’s Inauguration • Alabama Church Protection Act • Nebraska Church Break-In
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Clergy at Trump’s Inauguration • Alabama Church Protection Act • Nebraska Church Break-In
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Record Number of Clergy Participate in Trump Inauguration. “Donald J. Trump placed his hand on two Bibles and took the oath of office in a swearing-in ceremony that featured prayers and pronouncements of God’s favor by the largest assortment of clergy in inaugural ...

Attempted Arson • Township Religious Discrimination • Baby Left at Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Attempted Arson • Township Religious Discrimination • Baby Left at Church: News Roundup
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Dallas Presbyterian Church the Latest Victim of Attempted Church Arson. “A Fort Worth church was seriously damaged early Sunday during an attempted arson, police say. St. Stephen Presbyterian Church had its services cancelled Sunday morning while police investigated the ...

‘Sanctuary’ and Immigrants • Oregon Housing Ruling • Nativity Fire: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
‘Sanctuary’ and Immigrants • Oregon Housing Ruling • Nativity Fire: News Roundup
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Churches Join ‘Sanctuary Movement’ to Protect and Aid Immigrants. “This downtown church is one of 450 houses of worship in the United States that have offered to provide sanctuary or other assistance to undocumented immigrants, according to leaders of the Sanctuary ...

How Recent Changes to Form I-9 and the R-1 Visa Process Affect Churches
What church leaders need to know about recent changes to workers’ immigration forms and processes
How Recent Changes to Form I-9 and the R-1 Visa Process Affect Churches
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Form I-9 Changes in January 2017

Recently the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of its Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification form, and required US employers to begin using the new Form I-9 by January 22, 2017. Currently, US Immigration ...

Dylann Roof Guilty • Embezzler Embezzles • Fake Church’s ‘Inurement’: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Dylann Roof Guilty • Embezzler Embezzles • Fake Church’s ‘Inurement’: News Roundup
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Dylann Roof Found Guilty of Murder, Hate Crimes. “Dylann Roof is guilty of murder and hate crimes, a federal jury decided Thursday in the slayings of nine people last year at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The next question is whether the jury will give ...

The Top Church Management Conferences for 2017
Training across the nation to gain knowledge in financial, legal, and risk matters.
The Top Church Management Conferences for 2017
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A number of conferences are available for those who work with legal, financial, and risk management matters for their church. Here are some we recommend:

1. 2017 XP-Seminar

This event, led by XPastor.org founder David Fletcher, educates and encourages executive pastors, senior ...

Church Productions • Online Giving • Sacrificial Leadership: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Church Productions • Online Giving • Sacrificial Leadership: Management Roundup
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1. Who owns volunteer-created material for church productions? "This case illustrates the Copyright Act is very clear about who owns something when it is created. Think of church volunteers. It may be a volunteer worship leader or a volunteer Sunday school teacher. A volunteer ...

ACA Penalty to Go • Discrimination Law Change • Illegal Donation: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
ACA Penalty to Go • Discrimination Law Change • Illegal Donation: News Roundup
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Congress Passes Measure Eliminating ACA’s Penalty on Employer Reimbursement of Premiums. “The Senate passed legislation Wednesday [December 7] eliminating a tax penalty on employers who reimburse employees for the cost of health insurance premiums, following passage ...

The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2016
Articles that drew the most interest on ManagingYourChurch.com
The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2016
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The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the past year with a top 10 list. The list of the most popular articles on ManagingYourChuch.com shows the variety of financial, legal, safety, and tax matters that church leaders often encounter in their work.

This list is based ...

Discipline Not Defamation • Coffee Shop Denied Exemption • Inoperable Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Discipline Not Defamation • Coffee Shop Denied Exemption • Inoperable Church: News Roundup
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Church Disciplinary Proceedings Protected from Defamation. “The [Supreme Court of the United States] today [November 28] denied review in Pfeil v. St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church, (Docket No. 16-210, cert. denied 11/28/2016) (Order List). In the case the Minnesota ...

Pastors Avoided Politics • Taxable Church Land • $132 Million Settlement Offer: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Pastors Avoided Politics • Taxable Church Land • $132 Million Settlement Offer: News Roundup
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Survey Shows Most Churches Stayed Out of Politics This Year. “The tumultuous presidential campaign may have dominated conversation in other walks of life this year, but there was little explicit discussion about the election or the candidates in America’s houses ...

Board Basics for Safe Churches

Board Basics for Safe Churches

From church records to legal risks and liabilities-what your church board should know.
Serving as a Disaster Relief Team

Serving as a Disaster Relief Team

Learn how to organize, equip, and train a disaster relief team.