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Tax Exemption Controversy • Background Checks • Ohio Sanctuary Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Tax Exemption Controversy • Background Checks • Ohio Sanctuary Church: News Roundup
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Wisconsin Church’s Potential Property Tax ExemptionStirs Controversy. “For years St. Raphael’s Parish has been fighting, and losing, a battle with the city of Madison over property taxes on the land at the corner of East Main and North Fairchild streets that ...

Church and State Debate • Trump’s Texas Tweets • DOJ Brief: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church and State Debate • Trump’s Texas Tweets • DOJ Brief: News Roundup
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Debate over Churches Receiving Public Funds for Restoration Goes to Massachusetts Supreme Court. “Massachusetts’s highest court wrestled [on September 7] over whether allowing houses of worship to receive public funds for restoration inappropriately blurs the line ...

FEMA Faces Discrimination Lawsuits from Texas Churches
Churches flooded by Hurricane Harvey claim the agency violated the First Amendment.
FEMA Faces Discrimination Lawsuits from Texas Churches
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As relief efforts continue across areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, three Texas churches sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) this week after their application for disaster relief grants had been denied.

According to Church Law & Tax sister publication Christianity ...

Overtime Rule Invalidated • Joel Osteen Backlash • Trump Ends DACA: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Overtime Rule Invalidated • Joel Osteen Backlash • Trump Ends DACA: News Roundup
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Texas District Court Invalidates DOL Overtime Rule.“The Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its authority when it doubled the minimum salary levels for exempt executive, professional, and administrative employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), ruled federal ...

Responding to Injuries at Church
What to do when employees or volunteers get hurt.
Responding to Injuries at Church
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A pastor falls off a ladder while hanging a banner. A volunteer trips while playing with second-graders in the kids ministry. A staff member gets injured during an on-site church activity.

Injuries are surprisingly common at churches. Responding quickly to them can help get an ...

Hurricane Response • $800,000 Theft • Church Festival Fine: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Hurricane Response • $800,000 Theft • Church Festival Fine: News Roundup
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Christians’ Response to Hurricane Harvey. “If current projections hold true, Hurricane Harvey will be the strongest hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina, Rita, and Wilma hit in 2005. A decade ago, maybe your church volunteered, planned a short-term ...

Statutes of Limitation Removed • Opposition to Johnson Amendment Repeal • Misusing Church Accounts: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Statutes of Limitation Removed • Opposition to Johnson Amendment Repeal • Misusing Church Accounts: News Roundup
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Statutes of Limitation for Sexual Abuse Removed in Illinois. “Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that will remove the statutes of limitation for sexual abuse crimes. . . . Statutes of limitation restrict the time when authorities can charge someone after ...

School’s Denial • Homeless Housing Stir • Two Dead in Church Shooting: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
School’s Denial • Homeless Housing Stir • Two Dead in Church Shooting: News Roundup
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Judge Upholds Catholic School’s Decision to Deny Attendance to Parent’s Children. “A judge on Monday [August 14] refused to order a Catholic school to accept two girls who were denied re-enrollment after their parents sued the school to get one of the daughters ...

Protecting Your Church in Case of Allegations of Abuse
Protecting Your Church in Case of Allegations of Abuse
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Around a year ago, attorney Richard J. Mathewsshared lessons he learned from advising the Boy Scouts of America during the organization’s child sexual abuse crisis. ManagingYourChurch.com recently interviewed him regarding what churches should know about insurance coverage ...

South Carolina Supreme Court Rules Against Breakaway Diocese’s Property Claims
What a recent ruling says about church property disputes.
South Carolina Supreme Court Rules Against Breakaway Diocese’s Property Claims
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The South Carolina Supreme Court has reached a split ruling in a case involving a breakaway diocese of the Episcopal Church, stating that the now-separate diocese will not be able to keep the historic properties it tried to claim from the denomination—properties worth ...

Church Security Law • Sanctuary Churches Double • Ministerial Exception: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Security Law • Sanctuary Churches Double • Ministerial Exception: News Roundup
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Texas Church Prepares for New Law Allowing Armed Congregants. “A church security seminar . . . at North Pointe Baptist Church in Hurst . . . went over the new law, SB 2065, that will go into effect on September 1. Under that law, churches will be able to arm members of ...

Bathroom Bill • Sexual Assault Lawsuit • Sanctuary Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Bathroom Bill • Sexual Assault Lawsuit • Sanctuary Church: News Roundup
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Episcopal Church Leaders Voice Opposition to Texas Bathroom Bill. “As the Texas Senate prepares to consider legislation to restrict bathroom use for transgender Texans in legislative overtime, the national Episcopal Church is renewing its opposition to such proposals. ...

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
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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 ...

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 ...

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Schools
The religious freedom victory now could mean others in the future.
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Schools
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The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled on its most important religious freedom case of the year, and they ruled in favor of a church.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer was a lawsuit brought by a Lutheran church against the director of the Missouri Department ...

Establishment Clause Violation • Gang Violence at Church • Church Shooter Guilty: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Establishment Clause Violation • Gang Violence at Church • Church Shooter Guilty: News Roundup
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Florida Court Rules City Park’s Cross Violates Establishment Clause. “In Kondrat'yev v. City of Pensacola, Florida . . . a clearly reluctant Florida federal district court judge held that a 34-foot concrete Latin cross that has stood in the city's Bayview ...

Employee Discrimination Lawsuit • Spending Order Dissolved • Parking Lot Plane Crash: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Employee Discrimination Lawsuit • Spending Order Dissolved • Parking Lot Plane Crash: News Roundup
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Former Music Director Loses Discrimination Lawsuit. “[Colin] Collette, the music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, [Illinois,] was with the parish for 17 years before he was let go in 2014 after announcing he was engaged to his same-sex partner. ...

SCOTUS Christian Hospital Ruling • Televangelism Network Lawsuit • Treasurer Embezzlement: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
SCOTUS Christian Hospital Ruling • Televangelism Network Lawsuit • Treasurer Embezzlement: News Roundup
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Supreme Court Rules on Religiously Affiliated Hospitals’ Exemptions. “Giving a major win to religiously affiliated health care systems, the US Supreme Court today [June 5] in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton . . . held that their retirement plans qualify ...

Keeping Your Counseling Ministry Safe

Keeping Your Counseling Ministry Safe

Address risks unique to counseling the opposite sex
Avoiding Costly Tax-filing Mistakes

Avoiding Costly Tax-filing Mistakes

Describes several common errors to watch out for when filing minister's taxes.