Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 2001
Articles with a Member Access Only are available only to members.

Become a Member

Keep your church safe, legal, and financially sound.

When you become a member you get instant online access to help your church:

  • Reduce potential legal liability
  • Manage finances and risks
  • Comply with IRS requirements


Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Clergy - Removal

Court Rules Members Had Legal Authority to Retain or Remove Pastor Member access only

An Indiana court ruled that a majority of a "congregational" church's members had the legal authority to determine whether or not to retain their pastor.

Clergy—Removal - Part 2 Member access only

A Georgia court ruled that it was prevented from resolving a pastor's claim that denominational rules were violated when he was transferred to a new parish.

Clergy—Removal - Part 3 Member access only

A Pennsylvania court ruled that a church board lacked the authority to remove a pastor because the church was "hierarchical" in nature.
North Carolina

Embezzlement Member access only

A North Carolina court affirmed the conviction of a pastor for obtaining church funds by false pretenses.

Employment Practices - Part 1 Member access only

An Ohio court ruled that a church school had not violated age discrimination law by dismissing an unmarried male teacher and female teacher who were living together.

Employment Practices - Part 2 Member access only

The Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that a church was not liable on the basis of negligent supervision or negligent retention for harassing telephone calls made by its janitor.

Freedom of Religion Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a religious group could not use public school property for religious services because the property was not a "public forum.”

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities Member access only

An Oregon court affirmed the criminal conviction of a man for "stalking" a woman on church property.

Unincorporated Churches Member access only

A Colorado court ruled that an officer of a nonprofit unincorporated association was not personally liable for compensation that the association had failed to pay to former employees.