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PastorWeekly Lessons

Continuing education for ministry leaders

Welcome! On this page, you will find lessons, articles, and resources specifically tailored to your pastoral role.

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.

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This Week's Lesson
Week of February 18

Computer Policies Subscriber access only

Introduction

This lesson focuses on the issue of computer policies. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation of this topic. ...

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Articles

Continuing Education Subscriber access only

Taxable income in relation to continuing education

Ministers and Estimated Taxes Subscriber access only

Q&A: Are New 15-Passenger Vans Safer?

Q&A: Are New 15-Passenger Vans Safer?

Even with improvements, these vehicles still pose significant risks.
What Church Employees Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation

What Church Employees Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation

Why you shouldn’t be afraid to talk about money in ministry settings.
What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like in the Church?

What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like in the Church? Subscriber access only

Defining this threat—and how church leaders must be on guard.
4 Effective Methods to Prepare for Gun Violence at Church

4 Effective Methods to Prepare for Gun Violence at Church

How church leaders can consider financial costs and practicality in their response planning.
Why Church Leaders Shouldn’t Avoid “Practical” Topics

Why Church Leaders Shouldn’t Avoid “Practical” Topics

Preachers may not want to talk about finances—but it’s critical that they do so.
IRS Announces 2018 Mileage Rates

IRS Announces 2018 Mileage Rates

Church leaders can track and report mileage for proper reimbursement.
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.
The Changing Face of the Executive Pastor Role

The Changing Face of the Executive Pastor Role

A longtime XP discusses what is changing for a position once limited to large churches.
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Church Fundraising Campaigns

Church Fundraising Campaigns Subscriber access only

Discover tips on raising and borrowing money.
Increase Giving at Church

Increase Giving at Church Subscriber access only

Develop practical and digital strategies to cultivate a culture of giving.
Using Social Media Safely

Using Social Media Safely Subscriber access only

Policies to keep your church staff and members safe when using social media.
Understanding Wage and Hour Laws

Understanding Wage and Hour Laws Subscriber access only

Learn about the Fair Labor Standards Act and how it applies to churches.
Internal Controls for Church Finances

Internal Controls for Church Finances Subscriber access only

Learn how to protect your church's money.