Each year I review 12,000 published and unpublished rulings by state appellate and federal courts pertaining to religious organizations. Based on my case analysis from 2012, churches wound up in court for the following five reasons:
- Zoning (5.4 percent of cases)
- Property disputes (6.8 percent of cases)
- Insurance coverage disputes (7.3 percent of cases)
- Nonsexual personal injuries (7.6 percent of cases)
- Sexual abuse of minors (13.6 percent of cases)
Read more details about the top five reasons churches went to court in 2012 at ChurchLawAndTax.com. For more help with understanding these issues or preventing them, check out these five resources:
- Reducing The Risk: Keeping Your Ministry Safe From Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd Edition;
- Pastor, Church & Law, Volume 2: Church Property and Administration;
- Making Your Church Playground Safe;
- Insuring Your Church Staff;
- Your Helpful Guide to Church Insurance.
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