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Abuse Claims Again the Top Reason Churches Go to Court
Analysis of 2017 data also shows property disputes, zoning issues among the top problems.
Abuse Claims Again the Top Reason Churches Go to Court
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I do a litigation review every year for church leaders based on about 12,000 cases I read pertaining to religious organizations across all 50 states and the federal courts. I systematically categorize them by type to help understand the top reasons religious organizations, including ...

3 Areas to Consider in Evaluating Your Church’s Emergency Preparedness
Make sure you have plans in place for various categories of emergencies.
3 Areas to Consider in Evaluating Your Church’s Emergency Preparedness
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What would happen to your ministry if one of your key church leaders dies? Or who would be prepared to step in if one of the pastoral staff gets into a serious car accident and becomes disabled? Are you ready to deal with these occurrences?

Emergency preparation is geared toward ...

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 ...

Child Abuse Prevention and #MeToo: How to Protect Your Church
What to consider as you create plans and policies.
Child Abuse Prevention and #MeToo: How to Protect Your Church
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As a pastor or church administrator, you make plans and preparations for the church as part of your job. You might be great at planning a sermon series, special services like Easter, and events or mission trips. You might be successful at planning for your pastor’s retirement ...

Violence at Churches in 2017
The most violent year for faith-based organizations in the United States.
Violence at Churches in 2017
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The Deadly Force Incident (DFI) study is a comprehensive look at the violent acts with deadly force potential affecting faith-based organizations across the United States. (An act with “deadly force potential” is defined as an attack that did, or could have, caused ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

5 Ways to Protect Your Church
How to implement thorough policies and procedures.
5 Ways to Protect Your Church
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On Sunday, November 5, an active shooter killed 26 people at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. It is recorded as the deadliest attack on a house of worship in the history of the United States.

No matter which side of the gun control debate you fall on, as someone ...

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 ...

Best Practices for Installing Security Cameras at Your Church
How to make the most of surveillance technology.
Best Practices for Installing Security Cameras at Your Church
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Nathan Parr spent 12 years as the operations manager for the 4,000-member First Baptist Church of Belton, Texas. He previously served in the US Marine Corps and owned a construction company. He recently joined North Carolina-based Cool Solutions Group as a facility specialist. ...

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 ...

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Church Issues: Waivers and Release Forms and Church Liability

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What these documents do—and don't do—based on statutes and court decisions made nationwide.
Setting a Pastor's Pay

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