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Abuse and Embezzlement—Why Churches Continue to Struggle with Both
XPastor.org Founder David Fletcher reflects on the sobering trends his research revealed.
Abuse and Embezzlement—Why Churches Continue to Struggle with Both
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The fact that sexual abuse, embezzlement, and incidents of gun violence are occurring within congregations is addressed in Predators in the Church , an upcoming book by David Fletcher, who has served in church ministry for more than 35 years and runs XPastor.org, a website devoted ...

Few Church Leaders Discuss Abuse Crisis Says Pew Research
Most startling is how little church-goers in Protestant faith traditions indicated leaders actively raised the topic.
Few Church Leaders Discuss Abuse Crisis Says Pew Research
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The News

In a news release issued July 10, Pew Research Center said it conducted a survey this spring asking US adults (those who say they attend religious services a few times a year or more) whether “the clergy or other religious leaders at their place of worship have ...

Preventing Abuse in Youth Ministries
Churches need to develop solid boundaries and a good reporting structure.
Preventing Abuse in Youth Ministries
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When I started doing research for the Church Law & Tax book, Youth Ministry in a #MeToo Culture, my stomach was in knots. I began my process by Googling "youth pastor in jail sexual abuse," expecting to find a few news stories. Within two days, I had over 30 individual ...

Association Calls for Prevention Commitment by Churches
Association Calls for Prevention Commitment by Churches
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The news: “The Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) approved a resolution at its semiannual meeting on March 7 lamenting the tragic violation of trust by ministers of the gospel who have sexually abused church members, and particularly children. ...

When the Church Office Closes for Bad Weather, Does Everyone Get Paid?
The legal—and logical—considerations regarding how to handle an office closure.
When the Church Office Closes for Bad Weather, Does Everyone Get Paid?
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Winter weather advisory: snow, gusty winds, ice, and bitter cold are hitting much of our nation, with the Polar Vortex bringing wind chills of 50 below or worse this week in parts of the Midwest.

How should churches address inclement weather issues for their employees? And are ...

New Book from Disaster Ministry Expert on Faith, Trauma, & Resilience
How a disaster expert found his calling the hard way.
New Book from Disaster Ministry Expert on Faith, Trauma, & Resilience
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When Dr. Jamie Aten moved to southern Mississippi just days before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, he had no idea what was ahead. In the months and years that followed, he witnessed firsthand the significant impact the church and faith-based groups had in the relief and recovery ...

Hey, Fletch: Does Our Church Have Enough Insurance Coverage?
Leaders must understand what is—and isn’t—covered by their policies.
Hey, Fletch: Does Our Church Have Enough Insurance Coverage?
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In this regular column, longtime executive pastor and XPastor.org founder David Fletcher takes on readers’ questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more. Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to editor@churchlawandtax.com.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Provides Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
What to know about this tax-free assistance.
IRS Provides Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
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As the number of counties included in federally declared disaster areas grows, the IRS is actively issuing announcements to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Generally, the relief provisions described below are provided to victims residing in or employed in ...

How Should Churches Respond to Hurricanes?
Guidance for ministries in the wake of a devastating natural disaster.
How Should Churches Respond to Hurricanes?
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If your church was hit

Church closure

If power is available, create a special voicemail box and update your website with information about closures and other important disaster-related material. Distribute this information to staff and lay leadership who can pass it along to people ...

Protecting Your Church in Case of Allegations of Abuse
Protecting Your Church in Case of Allegations of Abuse
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Around a year ago, attorney Richard J. Mathews shared lessons he learned from advising the Boy Scouts of America during the organization’s child sexual abuse crisis. ManagingYourChurch.com recently interviewed him regarding what churches should know about insurance coverage ...

Why Your Church Needs a Defibrillator
How one church’s use of an AED illustrates the importance of having one on-site.
Why Your Church Needs a Defibrillator
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When attending church services, you may not consider the possibility that someone could unexpectedly experience sudden cardiac arrest. But the reality is that it can happen—and churches need to be prepared to respond.

“Cardiac arrest—an electrical malfunction ...

How to Protect Your Church from Cybercrime
How to Protect Your Church from Cybercrime
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The most current statistics on cybercime published by the FBI (2015 via ic3.gov) show they received nearly 290,000 cybercrime complaints that year, with an associated loss of $1.1 billion. At the time of this writing, a new ransomware called WannaCry (aka WannaCrypt) is infecting ...

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