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Continuing education for ministry leaders

Welcome! On this page, you will find lessons, articles, and resources specifically tailored to your role as a business administrator for your church.

Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on your role. The current lesson is featured below, as well as the links to the previous two weeks’ lessons.

In addition, various articles that pertain to your position—from Church Law & Tax Report, Church Finance Today, and our exclusive web-only content—are listed here for your convenience, as well as recommended resources from the Church Law & Tax Store.

Business Administrator

This Week's Lesson
Week of February 18

Automatic Excess Benefits Subscriber access only


This lesson focuses on the issue of "Automatic" Excess Benefits. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation of ...

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Electronic Privacy Subscriber access only

Materialman's Liens Subscriber access only

Laws affecting "materialman's liens" in building and construction projects
Why Hiring Ex-Offenders Should Be a Priority for Churches

Why Hiring Ex-Offenders Should Be a Priority for Churches Subscriber access only

How churches can prioritize support and employment for those leaving prison—while still considering the risks.
4 Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You

4 Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You

Consider which approach may work best for your meetings.
Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must”

Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must”

Here are 4 reasons to take thorough, accurate minutes at your meetings.
Finding a Church Insurance Broker

Finding a Church Insurance Broker

What churches should know and ask when seeking a broker.
Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be

Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be

A church administrator’s perspective.

Q&A: What Counts as a Tax-Deductible Donation? Subscriber access only

What is—and isn't—tax-deductible for donors who attend a church fundraising event.
5 Ways to Protect Your Church

5 Ways to Protect Your Church

How to implement thorough policies and procedures.
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2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide 

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
Best Practices for Technology Usage

Best Practices for Technology Usage 

Establish policies and best practices to govern the use of technology for church staff.
Essential Guide to Church Budgeting

Essential Guide to Church Budgeting Subscriber access only

Good budgeting will help your church stay financially healthy.
Mastering Business Expenses

Mastering Business Expenses  Subscriber access only

Understand business expenses and the reimbursement laws.
When Your Church Buys Property

When Your Church Buys Property Subscriber access only

This training resource helps your church develop a plan for purchasing property.
Building with Security in Mind

Building with Security in Mind Subscriber access only

From breaking ground to landscaping, learn how to build safely and keep your people secure.