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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Use of Church Property by Outside Groups

Volume 2 . Chapter 7 . § 7-20.3
Key Point 7-20.3. Churches may be legally responsible for injuries occurring on their premises while being used by an outside group, if they maintain sufficient "control" over their premises during such use.

Churches often let outside groups use their premises. Examples include scout troops, preschools, aerobics classes, substance abuse groups, childbirth classes, and music classes. Some courts have found churches liable for injuries occurring on their premises while being used by such groups so long as they maintained "control" over their premises while the outside group was present.

Case Studies

• An Indiana court ruled that a church was liable for an injury occurring on its premises while being used by an outside group. A church permitted ...

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