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Pastor, Church & Law

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

Instructional Aids

Volume 1 . Chapter 2

Key Terms


breach of contract

civil, property, or contract rights




excess benefit transaction


fraud or collusion

good cause


intermediate sanctions


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the legal aspects of the selection of clergy.
  • Understand under what circumstances the civil courts will intervene in internal church disputes involving the selection of clergy.
  • Explain why clergy and churches should enter into a contract of employment, and identify several important items to cover in such a contract.
  • Define unreasonable compensation, and explain the significance of this concept to churches and clergy.
  • Identify those circumstances in which the civil courts may intervene in internal church disputes involving the dismissal of a minister.

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