Minimize or Avoid Problems when Abandoning Projects with Designated Funds
Minimize or Avoid Problems when Abandoning Projects with Designated Funds 

Churches that solicit funds for designated projects face difficult choices when they abandon a project and are left with the task of disposing of funds that were donated for that project. These problems can be avoided if the church simply includes a statement similar to the ...

Communicating Financial Information 
Communicating Financial Information

In your church, there are two groups of people you need to keep in mind when sharing financial information: your congregation and your leadership.

Regarding your congregation, it’s hard to say how much is too much or too little to share. For some churches, they have a history ...

A Ruling with Three Lessons on Embezzlement 
A Ruling with Three Lessons on Embezzlement

A New York appeals court recently affirmed a trial court ruling that “a pastor who embezzled a substantial amount of church funds” had to make restitution for those funds, said attorney and CPA Richard R. Hammar in “Pastor Who Embezzled Must Make Restitution.” ...

Court Dismisses Pregnancy-Related Lawsuit Brought Against Church 
Judge says the facts of the case demonstrate firing was based on religious doctrine.
Court Dismisses Pregnancy-Related Lawsuit Brought Against Church

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A federal judge late last month dismissed a lawsuit that was brought against an Alabama church after it fired a pregnant woman who worked as a custodian in the church’s daycare.

In the lawsuit and related testimony, the woman contended she was fired because she ...

Hey, Fletch: Is Our Church’s Overall Budget for Salaries Too High? 
Excessive compensation is based on individual pay, not on the total amount budgeted for staff.
Hey, Fletch: Is Our Church’s Overall Budget for Salaries Too High?

In this recurring Q&A, longtime executive pastor 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. ...

Preventing Abuse in Youth Ministries 
Churches need to develop solid boundaries and a good reporting structure.
Preventing Abuse in Youth Ministries

When I started doing research for the Church Law & Tax book, Youth Ministry in a #MeToo Culture, my stomach was in knots. I began my process by Googling "youth pastor in jail sexual abuse," expecting to find a few news stories. Within two days, I had over 30 individual ...

    How to Take a Vote in 5 Easy Steps 
    How to Take a Vote in 5 Easy Steps

    Chairing a meeting is harder than it looks. And at times parliamentary procedure doesn’t make that job any easier. Keeping track of what motion is on the floor and who to recognize next is tough. Taking a vote the proper way might seem like a luxury.

    Well, as a professional, ...

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    Setting a Pastor's Pay

    Setting a Pastor's Pay Member access only

    Richard Hammar explains legal and tax matters for planning the pastors compensation.
    Medical Emergency Preparation

    Medical Emergency Preparation  Member access only

    Is your church ready for a medical emergency?