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Is Preaching Against Homosexuality a Hate Crime?

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How Finance, Sexual Wrongdoings Challenged One Church
A pastor's worst nightmare leads to a new beginning.

My lawyer said, "Just follow my lead and answer the questions he asks, and everything will be okay." I clung to his advice as I entered the smartly decorated boardroom lined with towering bookshelves. The first thing I noticed was the videographer and stenographer setting up ...

Oregon Case Provides a Powerful Reminder to Churches

Editor's Note: On March 5, 2010, this post was corrected to show the trial court originally ruled in favor of the pastor, and this ruling was recently affirmed on appeal. The correct version appears in full below:

Last week, an Oregon appeals court issued an important ruling ...

Discerning Eyes for Church Law, Finance, and Administration
Known, respected leaders to help guide CTI resources.

Christianity Today International's church management division, which publishes Your Church magazine, the Church Law & Tax Report and Church Finance Today newsletters, plus resources, such as the annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide and ChurchSafety.com, recently formed two important ...

FCC Ruling May Affect Many Churches
Microphone systems must comply with June 12 deadline.

Editor's note: Since this posting appeared on January 22, Your Church has published a more in-depth article on the FCC's ruling: "Racing the FCC Mic Deadline."

The Federal Communications Commission has set a deadline of June 12 for organizations to stop using any wireless systems, ...

Legally Host A Super Bowl Party
Churches must abide by NFL guidelines.

If your church is hosting a Super Bowl party this year, you will need to abide by three simple guidelines to avoid violating copyright law. Attorney David Middlebrook, who specializes in representing tax-exempt organizations and is a member of our Editorial Advisory Board, lays ...

The Top 10 Church Administration Posts for '09
A look at the hottest topics facing pastors and administrators.

As 2009 draws to a close, here's a fun look back at the year's 10 most-read posts on TheYourChurchBlog.com. Doing this kind of review often helps us understand the most pressing issues facing church administrators, executive pastors, pastors, and leaders.

And, it's a nice way ...

Zero Tolerance for Church Embezzlement
Extended sentences put churches on notice.

A sad story emerged last week out of Indiana, where a 37-year-old woman accused of stealing more than $350,000 from a church while working there as an employee received the maximum sentence allowed by the state.

According to an article in the Greencastle Banner-Graphic, the local ...

Resolving Conflict in the Church Office
5 ways to biblically approach a disagreement

The scenario that got both Sally and Jim both terminated from their company could have run like this:

Jim: All I said was that I needed the documents, completed and signed, by tomorrow night.

Sally: Don't tell me that's all you said. You demanded it!

Jim: I asked nicely.

Sally: ...

Top 5 Reasons Churches Wind Up in Court

For many years, I've closely reviewed litigation involving churches to identify patterns that pastors and leaders can use to assess their own risks and potential vulnerabilities. In 2008, the following five types of cases brought churches to court more than any others:

1. Sexual ...

Church Shootings in the Spotlight
Continued coverage shows need for planning, preparation.

Last week's Washington Post article, "Sense of Sanctuary Lost as Church Attacks Spike," underscores the unfortunate attention that church shootings now draw from national media and those outside of ministry.

The Post's piece recounts several recent, high-profile shooting incidents, ...

Should Your Church Hire a Sex Offender?
A small Kentucky church recently did. What are the implications?

A church in Louisville, Kentucky, generated local and national media attention earlier this month, not because it allowed a convicted sex offender to attend its services, but because the church pastor decided to hire and ordain one.

WHAS-TV, a local television station, as well ...

Reading the Fine Print

The deal sounded good.

About 50 churches in the Washington, D.C., area leased interactive electronic kiosks for their entrance areas so that members and visitors could check on activities and news and register for classes and meetings. The selling point? Church leaders say the ...

Richard R. Hammar

Richard Hammar is senior editor for Church Law & Tax Report, and Church Finance Today. He serves as legal counsel to the Assembly of God denomination. He is an attorney and CPA, specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he ...

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