Organist Gets Ministerial Exception • HSA Changes? • iTunes Scam: News Roundup
    Organist Gets Ministerial Exception • HSA Changes? • iTunes Scam: News Roundup 
    This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.

    Church Organist Gets Ministerial Exception. “In Sterlinski v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago, (ND IL, July 23, 2018), an Illinois federal district court held that the ministerial exception doctrine applies to an organist at a Catholic parish. Plaintiff claims he was demoted ...

    Abuse Claims Again the Top Reason Churches Go to Court 
    Analysis of 2017 data also shows property disputes, zoning issues among the top problems.
    Abuse Claims Again the Top Reason Churches Go to Court

    I do a litigation review every year for church leaders based on about 12,000 cases I read pertaining to religious organizations across all 50 states and the federal courts. I systematically categorize them by type to help understand the top reasons religious organizations, including ...

    3 Audiences for Church Financial Reports to Consider 
    The people you need to keep in the know when creating financial statements.
    3 Audiences for Church Financial Reports to Consider
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    General membership

    First, there is the general membership. Members use financial statements to help them reach certain conclusions on the status of the church. For example, if the church is doing well financially, members will generally place more confidence in the abilities ...

      Candidate Handout • Audit Protection Limits • Legionnaire’s at Church: News Roundup 
      This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
      Candidate Handout • Audit Protection Limits • Legionnaire’s at Church: News Roundup

      Chicago Mayoral Candidate Hands Out $200,000 at Church Event. “Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson apparently did not violate election law by handing out more than $200,000 in cash and checks Sunday to people at an event he attended with Gov. Bruce Rauner at a South Side church, ...

      Hey, Fletch: A Board Member No Longer Gives to the Church 
      How to approach a board member who isn’t engaging with the church’s mission.
      Hey, Fletch: A Board Member No Longer Gives to the Church
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      In this biweekly column, longtime executive pastor and and XPastor.org founder David Fletcher takes on readers’ questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more. Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to editor@churchlawandtax.com. ...

        SBC Leader Arrested • Fort Collins’ Discrimination? • Church Leader’s DACA: News Roundup 
        This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
        SBC Leader Arrested • Fort Collins’ Discrimination? • Church Leader’s DACA: News Roundup

        SBC leader arrested 11 years after church leaders learned of allegations. “The missionary arm of the Southern Baptist Convention knew about allegations against Southern Baptist leader Mark Aderholt more than 10 years before he was arrested July 3 on charges that he sexually ...

        6 Common Problems with Church Bylaws 
        Why bylaws can often hurt churches.
        6 Common Problems with Church Bylaws
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        Church bylaws are a necessity, both from a legal and an organizational perspective. They provide the framework from which the organization exists and operates.

        So, hear me well. I not advocating the elimination, eradication, or minimization of church bylaws.

        But I am suggesting ...

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