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9 Steps Employers Should Take to Comply with the ADA
What churches should be aware of as they hire and train staff members.
9 Steps Employers Should Take to Comply with the ADA
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  1. Prepare job descriptions for all employees. Be sure to itemize essential job functions. These are functions that are job related and required by business necessity. Do not list functions that will not be required in performing the job in question.
  2. Review job application forms and eliminate any question that segregates or classifies applicants on the basis of disability.
11 Ways to Love Your Leader
Tips for making the most of Pastor Appreciation Month.
11 Ways to Love Your Leader
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Some days I suspect the speed of change is surpassing the speed of sound.

The explosion of change in technology, communication, and the world booms all around. In the clamor, I anchor myself to the ancient truths found in the person of Jesus of Christ.

I’m not alone.

Millions ...

Birth Control Coverage • Sanctuary Church • Water Pressure Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Birth Control Coverage • Sanctuary Church • Water Pressure Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Trump Administration Announces New Birth Control Rules. “More employers—including Christian-run businesses and nonprofits—can opt out of contraception coverage required under the Affordable Care Act thanks to new rules issued by the Trump administration. The ...

5 Takeaways from the Clergy Housing Allowance Ruling
What a federal judge’s opinion does—and doesn’t—mean at this point.
5 Takeaways from the Clergy Housing Allowance Ruling
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Editor’s Note: Last Friday, Judge Barbara Crabb of the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin struck down the ministerial housing allowance as an unconstitutional preference for religion. Senior Editor Richard R. Hammar offers five takeaways from this ruling, ...

How to Finish the Year Strong
Get a head start on year-end tasks.
How to Finish the Year Strong
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The holidays are just around the corner—and unfortunately, the rush of the season can shift the focus away from essential tasks that need to be accomplished before the New Year.

This year, don’t be caught off guard when the end of December rolls around. Instead, jump ...

Wisconsin Federal Judge: Housing Allowance Violates Establishment Clause
What a recent ruling might mean for pastors.
Wisconsin Federal Judge: Housing Allowance Violates Establishment Clause
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On October 6, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that the housing allowance provided to clergy by the Internal Revenue Code is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

A similar ruling had been handed down in 2013 by the same Wisconsin judge, ...

Church Shooting • FEMA Funding • Theft Charges: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Shooting • FEMA Funding • Theft Charges: News Roundup
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Tennessee Church Shooting Leaves One Dead, Six Wounded. “The man accused of opening fire at a church near Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday, leaving one parishioner dead and six wounded, had previous encounters with local police, including one after a relative worried he ...

Before You Fire Your Pastor
8 guidelines to consider.
Before You Fire Your Pastor
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Recently, a pastor told me his deacons asked for his resignation, and they weren't clear on their reason for asking for it. The best I can discern the issue was change, or the pace of change.

The church is known in the area unflatteringly as a “preacher-eater church.” ...

Tax Exemption Controversy • Background Checks • Ohio Sanctuary Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Tax Exemption Controversy • Background Checks • Ohio Sanctuary Church: News Roundup
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Wisconsin Church’s Potential Property Tax ExemptionStirs Controversy. “For years St. Raphael’s Parish has been fighting, and losing, a battle with the city of Madison over property taxes on the land at the corner of East Main and North Fairchild streets that ...

Why You Should Remove Certain Reports from Your Meeting Agenda
And how to find which ones don't need to be presented.
Why You Should Remove Certain Reports from Your Meeting Agenda
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You've most likely been in meetings that drag on forever because of unnecessary committee reports. There is good news straight from the parliamentary procedure powers that be: you do not have to include “Time-Wasting Committee Reports” on your meeting agenda.

Planning a Pastor’s Retirement
Learn key strategies and find out your options.
Planning a Pastor’s Retirement
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A 2015 survey of more than 4,000 pastors nationwide provided a sobering statistic: one in five pastors do not save anything for retirement. And those who do save for retirement still don’t save nearly enough. Without a retirement plan, a pastor will likely face substantial ...

Church and State Debate • Trump’s Texas Tweets • DOJ Brief: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church and State Debate • Trump’s Texas Tweets • DOJ Brief: News Roundup
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Debate over Churches Receiving Public Funds for Restoration Goes to Massachusetts Supreme Court. “Massachusetts’s highest court wrestled [on September 7] over whether allowing houses of worship to receive public funds for restoration inappropriately blurs the line ...

Overtime Rule Invalidated • Joel Osteen Backlash • Trump Ends DACA: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Overtime Rule Invalidated • Joel Osteen Backlash • Trump Ends DACA: News Roundup
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Texas District Court Invalidates DOL Overtime Rule.“The Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its authority when it doubled the minimum salary levels for exempt executive, professional, and administrative employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), ruled federal ...

How to Keep Your Meetings Short
The secret to making meetings brief and efficient.
How to Keep Your Meetings Short
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No one likes sitting in a meeting any longer than necessary. So here’s the best kept secret for shortening a meeting: bypass debate on non-controversial motions.

Not all motions or topics need to be discussed. Sometimes—more often than you might think—members ...

Church Embezzlement Statistics • Mobile Medical Outreach • Property Dispute: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Embezzlement Statistics • Mobile Medical Outreach • Property Dispute: News Roundup
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Research Shows 10 Percent of Churches Have Suffered Embezzlement. “Churches and other faith groups collect tens of billions of donations each year. Chances are some of the money goes missing. About 1 in 10 Protestant churches has had someone embezzle funds, according to ...

South Carolina Supreme Court Rules Against Breakaway Diocese’s Property Claims
What a recent ruling says about church property disputes.
South Carolina Supreme Court Rules Against Breakaway Diocese’s Property Claims
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The South Carolina Supreme Court has reached a split ruling in a case involving a breakaway diocese of the Episcopal Church, stating that the now-separate diocese will not be able to keep the historic properties it tried to claim from the denomination—properties worth ...

Do Americans Notice How Churches Help Communities?
LifeWay research reveals blind spots.
Do Americans Notice How Churches Help Communities?
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While you and other Christians may be aware of your local churches’ outreach ministries, LifeWay research reveals that those services are often unheard of in their wider communities.

Recently, LifeWay posed the following survey question: “Which, if any, of the following ...

Are Your Church IT Policies Too Restrictive?
Promote collaboration across church staff with these key reminders.
Are Your Church IT Policies Too Restrictive?
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A church IT worker’s job includes protecting the church from cyber threats. However, this protection—such as restricting the ability to download software—can feel too confining to staff members, and this can cause tension. There are ways IT workers can help ...

Top Aide to Pope Francis Faces Sexual Assault Charges
What churches can take away from the controversy surrounding George Cardinal Pell.
Top Aide to Pope Francis Faces Sexual Assault Charges
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George Cardinal Pell—senior Roman Catholic prelate in Australia, Vatican treasurer, and aide to Pope Francis—faces charges of sexual assault.

Pell has denied the veracity of the “multiple charges” from “multiple complainants,” according to ...

Employee Discrimination Lawsuit • Spending Order Dissolved • Parking Lot Plane Crash: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Employee Discrimination Lawsuit • Spending Order Dissolved • Parking Lot Plane Crash: News Roundup
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Former Music Director Loses Discrimination Lawsuit. “[Colin] Collette, the music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, [Illinois,] was with the parish for 17 years before he was let go in 2014 after announcing he was engaged to his same-sex partner. ...

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Confronting Peer Abuse in Your Church

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Learn how to watch and protect the children under your care from peer abuse at church.
Managing the Legal Risks of Lay Counseling

Managing the Legal Risks of Lay Counseling Subscriber access only

Develop specific policies and procedures that protect your church, lay caregivers, and those who receive care.