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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 ...

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. ...

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
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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 ...

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 ...

How to Protect Your Church from Cybercrime
How to Protect Your Church from Cybercrime
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The most current statistics on cybercime published by the FBI (2015 via ic3.gov) show they received nearly 290,000 cybercrime complaints that year, with an associated loss of $1.1 billion. At the time of this writing, a new ransomware called WannaCry (aka WannaCrypt) is infecting ...

Contraception Mandate • Saddleback Abuse • Church Security Law: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Contraception Mandate • Saddleback Abuse • Church Security Law: News Roundup
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Texas Law to Allow Churches to Provide Their Own Security. “The Texas legislature has passed the Church Security Protection Act aimed at allowing churches to provide their own security through members of their congregations. In a special report, [reporter] Angel San Juan ...

Serving as a Disaster Relief Team

Serving as a Disaster Relief Team

Learn how to organize, equip, and train a disaster relief team.
Understanding an IRS Audit

Understanding an IRS Audit

Cover your bases in the areas of greatest risk of audits.