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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

BREAKING—New Overtime Pay Rules Put on Hold
Injunction delays December 1 implementation of new salary threshold.
BREAKING—New Overtime Pay Rules Put on Hold

New overtime rules that were set to take effect on December 1 have been put on hold after a nationwide injunction was handed down late Tuesday, November 22, by a federal judge in Texas.

The changes would have significantly increased the salary threshold used under the Fair Labor ...

Overtime Change Blocked • Navajo Jurisdiction • Security Trend: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Overtime Change Blocked • Navajo Jurisdiction • Security Trend: News Roundup

New Overtime Rule’s Implementation Blocked by Federal Judge. “With just over a week before it was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge Tuesday blocked an Obama Administration rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to some four million Americans. ...

"Comp Time" Conundrum • Sustainable Ministry • Better Meeting Agendas: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
"Comp Time" Conundrum • Sustainable Ministry • Better Meeting Agendas: Management Roundup

1. Why "comp time" can't replace overtime pay for church employees. "While you can't give employees future 'comp time' instead of overtime pay, you can adjust schedules within a workweek to prevent employees from incurring overtime. For example, ...

How to Safely Use Copyrighted Video During Church Services
An attorney answers the most common questions she receives about video copyright.
How to Safely Use Copyrighted Video During Church Services

You found a perfect video clip to highlight the deep spiritual point you wish to make on the platform. People will connect. Lives will be changed. But what is the risk in incorporating it into your message? And what, if anything, can you do to legally play the video clip?

Many ...

Trump-Inspired Hate Crimes • Armed Standoff • Bishop Wins Defamation Suit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Trump-Inspired Hate Crimes • Armed Standoff • Bishop Wins Defamation Suit: News Roundup

Two Churches Vandalized with Trump-Related Hate Speech. “St. David's Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana, was vandalized sometime Saturday night. Vandals painted tags on the walls, depicting a swastika, an anti-gay slur and ‘Heil Trump.’ And in Silver ...

Q&A: The Current State of Church-State Relations
What a religious liberty law professor and blogger is noticing in the legal landscape.
Q&A: The Current State of Church-State Relations

Howard M. Friedman—law professor, Harvard and Georgetown graduate, and published author—started Religion Clausein 2005, a blog that provides “objective coverage of church-state and religious liberty developments, with extensive links to primary sources.” ...

Emanuel AME Secretary Sues • Pastor Endorses Himself • Pastor and Wife’s $1.2 Million Fraud Charge: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Emanuel AME Secretary Sues • Pastor Endorses Himself • Pastor and Wife’s $1.2 Million Fraud Charge: News Roundup

Former Secretary of Emanuel AME Sues Church for Unpaid Wages. “Emanuel AME’s former secretary is suing the church and the Rev. Norvel Goff for ending her employment after she questioned the handling of donations that poured into the church after a gunman killed nine ...

Managing Church Facility Use

Managing Church Facility Use

Find insights to equip your church to host members and strangers.
Churches and the Health Insurance Credit

Churches and the Health Insurance Credit

Richard Hammar explains how churches might qualify for this tax credit.