Safety

Pastors and Sex Trafficking • Female Pastor Controversy • Diocese Case Denied: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Pastors and Sex Trafficking • Female Pastor Controversy • Diocese Case Denied: News Roundup
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Ohio Pastors Face Indictment for Sex Trafficking Charges. “A third Ohio pastor has been indicted on sex trafficking charges, and prosecutors say all three men worked together to entice underage girls with money in exchange for sex. A federal grand jury in Toledo has indicted ...

Adoption Tax Credit • FEMA Lawsuit • Hate Crime Statistics: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Adoption Tax Credit • FEMA Lawsuit • Hate Crime Statistics: News Roundup
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House, Senate Restore Adoption Tax Credit in Tax Reform Plan. “Apopular tax credit for adoptive families that was controversially cut by House Republicans in their initial tax reform plan has finally been restored. Meanwhile, the adoption benefit will be preserved in the ...

Texas Church Shooting • Proposed Tax Plan • Abuse Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Texas Church Shooting • Proposed Tax Plan • Abuse Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Twenty-Six Churchgoers Killed in Texas Mass Shooting. “During its 11 a.m. worship service, a Southern Baptist church in rural Texas suffered not only America’s latest mass shooting but the deadliest church shooting in US history. At least 26 worshipers, ranging in ...

5 Ways to Protect Your Church
How to implement thorough policies and procedures.
5 Ways to Protect Your Church
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On Sunday, November 5, an active shooter killed 26 people at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. It is recorded as the deadliest attack on a house of worship in the history of the United States.

No matter which side of the gun control debate you fall on, as someone ...

Sex Offenders in Church • HHS Request • Zoning Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Sex Offenders in Church • HHS Request • Zoning Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Indiana Court Rules Sex Offenders May Go to Church Services When Children Are Present. “The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that sex offenders are allowed to attend church services even while children are present to attend Sunday school. The ruling handed down Tuesday ...

Best Practices for Installing Security Cameras at Your Church
How to make the most of surveillance technology.
Best Practices for Installing Security Cameras at Your Church
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Nathan Parr spent 12 years as the operations manager for the 4,000-member First Baptist Church of Belton, Texas. He previously served in the US Marine Corps and owned a construction company. He recently joined North Carolina-based Cool Solutions Group as a facility specialist. ...

IRS Sermon Oversight • False Tax Exemption • Sexual Abuse Charges: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
IRS Sermon Oversight • False Tax Exemption • Sexual Abuse Charges: News Roundup
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Survey Shows Protestant Pastors Oppose IRS Sermon Oversight. “In the 1950s, Congress banned charitable nonprofits—including churches—from endorsing candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the ...

Birth Control Coverage • Sanctuary Church • Water Pressure Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Birth Control Coverage • Sanctuary Church • Water Pressure Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Trump Administration Announces New Birth Control Rules. “More employers—including Christian-run businesses and nonprofits—can opt out of contraception coverage required under the Affordable Care Act thanks to new rules issued by the Trump administration. The ...

Trump Tax Plan • Church Security • ‘Tiny House’ Debate: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Trump Tax Plan • Church Security • ‘Tiny House’ Debate: News Roundup
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Study Examines Potential Effects of Trump’s Tax Plan. “If you make between $50,000 and $100,000 a year, you’ll probably give less to charity under President Donald Trump’s proposed tax plan. So says a study commissioned by Independent Sector, a coalition ...

Church Shooting • FEMA Funding • Theft Charges: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Shooting • FEMA Funding • Theft Charges: News Roundup
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Tennessee Church Shooting Leaves One Dead, Six Wounded. “The man accused of opening fire at a church near Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday, leaving one parishioner dead and six wounded, had previous encounters with local police, including one after a relative worried he ...

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 ...

IRS Provides Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
What to know about this tax-free assistance.
IRS Provides Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
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As the number of counties included in federally declared disaster areas grows, the IRS is actively issuing announcements to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Generally, the relief provisions described below are provided to victims residing in or employed in ...

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 ...

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 ...

How Should Churches Respond to Hurricanes?
Guidance for ministries in the wake of a devastating natural disaster.
How Should Churches Respond to Hurricanes?
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Editor’s Note: as Hurricane Harvey—which has been called a “landmark event for Texas”—brings devastating rain and flooding damage, many are grieving and unsure of the practical steps of what to do next. This article was initially created for churches ...

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 ...

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. ...

The 4 Hour Legal Training Program for Church Boards

The 4 Hour Legal Training Program for Church Boards

Understand key legal concepts necessary to protect the board and the church.
Draw the Line: Relational Boundaries for Safe Youth Ministry

Draw the Line: Relational Boundaries for Safe Youth Ministry

Proactively protect the students, leaders, and pastors at your church.