Pastor, Church & Law
duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister
ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister
service performed in the exercise of ministry
- Understand the legal difference between the terms pastor, clergyman, and minister.
- Explain why it is important to define the terms pastor, clergyman, and minister.
- Name several statutes that use the terms pastor, clergyman, or minister.
- Explain how the civil courts determine the definition of a "minister" when a church's definition differs from the definition in a statute.
- Define the terms employee and self-employed; recognize the legal differences between these terms; and determine whether a minister is an employee or self-employed in several contexts including income tax and Social Security reporting.
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