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When Churches Are Liable for Hostile Work Environments
What churches can learn from a recent sexual harassment case.
When Churches Are Liable for Hostile Work Environments
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This case study originally appeared in “Creating Sexual Harassment Policies for Church Workplaces,” a feature article in the March/April 2018 issue of Church Law & Tax Report.

A federal district court in Oklahoma ruled that a church could be sued on the basis ...

Underpaid Church Staff • Church Spokesperson Controversy • ‘Stand Your Ground’ in Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Underpaid Church Staff • Church Spokesperson Controversy • ‘Stand Your Ground’ in Church: News Roundup
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Thom Rainer Talks Underpaid Church Staff and What You Can Do About It. “I really hope that on this particular podcast we have a heavier representation of, for lack of better words, the church laity as we do the church staff or the pastor because the information that you’re ...

When Volunteers Drive for Your Church
Tips for handling this critical area of risk-management.
When Volunteers Drive for Your Church
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To help churches better understand some of the issues involved with volunteer drivers, ManagingYourChurch.com talked to Frank Sommerville. He is an attorney and editorial advisor for ChurchLawAndTax.com.

What should you know before allowing volunteers to drive on behalf of the ...

Minister’s Parole • Low-Income Church Communities • Religious Freedom Case: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Minister’s Parole • Low-Income Church Communities • Religious Freedom Case: News Roundup
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Minister’s Parole Conditions Regarding Church Attendance Are Challenged. “In Manning v. Powers . . . a California federal district court granted a preliminary injunction banning the government from enforcing two parole conditions imposed on Sherman Manning, a Baptist ...

FEMA and Churches • Public Accommodation Law • Immigration Agents at Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
FEMA and Churches • Public Accommodation Law • Immigration Agents at Church: News Roundup
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Churches Now Eligible for FEMA Disaster Aid. “Churches suing the US government for funds to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey received some good news at the start of 2018: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has revised its policies to make churches eligible for ...

Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must”
Here are 4 reasons to take thorough, accurate minutes at your meetings.
Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must”
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Taking minutes arguably tops the list of “most thankless jobs,” and those who assume the role often wish they hadn’t been such a willing volunteer. But accurate minutes are a parliamentary procedure “must” for all nonprofits—including homeowners’ ...

GOP Tax Bill • Sutherland Springs Lawsuit • Establishment Clause: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
GOP Tax Bill • Sutherland Springs Lawsuit • Establishment Clause: News Roundup
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GOP Tax Bill Will Not Include Johnson Amendment Repeal. “In a minor win for Democrats, the final GOP tax bill will not include a repeal of the Johnson Amendment, a change that would have allowed religious institutions and all nonprofit entities organized as 501(c)3s to ...

The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2017
Immigration law, hurricane response, the housing allowance: what readers kept clicking on this year.
The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2017
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This past year’s most popular articles on ManagingYourChuch.com show the wide variety of financial, legal, safety, and tax matters that church leaders face. This list is based on unique page views in 2017 of articles published throughout the year.

10.“9 Tips for Planning ...

Festival Founder Arrested • FEMA Policy Upheld • Cemetery Controversy: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Festival Founder Arrested • FEMA Policy Upheld • Cemetery Controversy: News Roundup
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Founder of Largest US Christian Music Festival Arrested on Child Molestation Charges. “The man who launched America’s largest and longest-running Christian music festival has been ‘indefinitely suspended’ from the ministry and his church following his ...

GOP Tax Bill • Christian Bakery Case • Hurricane Harvey Recovery: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
GOP Tax Bill • Christian Bakery Case • Hurricane Harvey Recovery: News Roundup
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GOP Tax Bill Passes Senate Vote. “Senate Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill early Saturday morning [December 2] that bestows extensive benefits on corporate America and the wealthy while delivering mixed blessings to everybody else. After a frantic round of negotiations, ...

Evangelical Giving Trends • Sanctuary Church • Pastor Faces Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Evangelical Giving Trends • Sanctuary Church • Pastor Faces Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Research Shows Evangelical Giving Trends. “While the multi-million dollar tally of Giving Tuesday donations will take time to compile, we already know which kinds of charities are most favored by American evangelicals. Giving continues to rise for many categories of ministry, ...

Pastors and Sex Trafficking • Female Pastor Controversy • Diocese Case Denied: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Pastors and Sex Trafficking • Female Pastor Controversy • Diocese Case Denied: News Roundup
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Ohio Pastors Face Indictment for Sex Trafficking Charges. “A third Ohio pastor has been indicted on sex trafficking charges, and prosecutors say all three men worked together to entice underage girls with money in exchange for sex. A federal grand jury in Toledo has indicted ...

Adoption Tax Credit • FEMA Lawsuit • Hate Crime Statistics: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Adoption Tax Credit • FEMA Lawsuit • Hate Crime Statistics: News Roundup
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House, Senate Restore Adoption Tax Credit in Tax Reform Plan. “Apopular tax credit for adoptive families that was controversially cut by House Republicans in their initial tax reform plan has finally been restored. Meanwhile, the adoption benefit will be preserved in the ...

Texas Church Shooting • Proposed Tax Plan • Abuse Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Texas Church Shooting • Proposed Tax Plan • Abuse Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Twenty-Six Churchgoers Killed in Texas Mass Shooting. “During its 11 a.m. worship service, a Southern Baptist church in rural Texas suffered not only America’s latest mass shooting but the deadliest church shooting in US history. At least 26 worshipers, ranging in ...

Sex Offenders in Church • HHS Request • Zoning Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Sex Offenders in Church • HHS Request • Zoning Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Indiana Court Rules Sex Offenders May Go to Church Services When Children Are Present. “The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that sex offenders are allowed to attend church services even while children are present to attend Sunday school. The ruling handed down Tuesday ...

IRS Announcement • Zoning Refusals • Baptism Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
IRS Announcement • Zoning Refusals • Baptism Lawsuit: News Roundup
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IRS Will No Longer Accept Tax Returns with Unaddressed Health Coverage Requirements. “The Internal Revenue Service said that for the upcoming 2018 filing season, it‎ will not accept electronically filed tax returns where the taxpayer does not address the health coverage ...

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.
IRS Sermon Oversight • False Tax Exemption • Sexual Abuse Charges: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
IRS Sermon Oversight • False Tax Exemption • Sexual Abuse Charges: News Roundup
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Survey Shows Protestant Pastors Oppose IRS Sermon Oversight. “In the 1950s, Congress banned charitable nonprofits—including churches—from endorsing candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the ...

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, ...

Launching a Business at Church

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Information on the legal, insurance, and tax implications a business poses to a church. 
Using Social Media Safely

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Policies to keep your church staff and members safe when using social media.