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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 ...

Simple Tips to Prepare for a Pandemic
Guidance for churches as the H1N1 virus spreads.

As a ministry leader, you may be wondering what you can do to keep your congregation healthy. Here are some important steps you can take to reduce the spread of the flu within your own faith community.

Read through the tips below, then take our free online assessment to see if ...

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 ...

How to Handle Disruptive People
When you need to ask someone to leave your church.

Does a church have a legal right to keep people from accessing its property or attending services? For example, let's say that a church has an encounter with a disruptive person, and asks him not to return. What if he shows up again the next week? How should ushers respond? ...

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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Learn how to protect your church's money.