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November/December 2009
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Feature Article

When the IRS Comes Knocking Subscriber access only

New guide identifies key audit issues.


Creating a Severance Agreement Subscriber access only

An effective way to avoid employee disputes.

Zoned Out Subscriber access only

Why churches end up on the outskirts of town—and what you can do about it.
Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Charitable Contributions

Protection of Charitable Donations Subscriber access only

Court rules that charitable contributions made by bankrupt church member cannot be recovered.
Rhode Island

The Clergy-Penitent Privilege: Acting as a Spiritual Advisor Subscriber access only

Court rules protection does not apply to statements made to a former minister acting as a psychiatrist.
Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Pastor Sues Church for Discrimination and Defamation Subscriber access only

Courts are prevented from applying employment laws to churches and ministers.

Church Preschool Sued for Failing to Accommodate Autistic Child Subscriber access only

Seek legal counsel before deciding to exclude a disabled child from a school or preschool.

Church Preschool Sued for Spanking Incident  Subscriber access only

Be careful to supervise employees who work with small children.
Taxation - Church Property

Property Tax Exemption for Leased Facilities Subscriber access only

Church property leased to another nonprofit organization may still be tax exempt.
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Youth Pastor Jailed for Sexual Misconduct Subscriber access only

Clergy may face extremely severe consequences for sexual abuse and exploitation.



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Managing the Legal Risks of Lay Counseling

Managing the Legal Risks of Lay Counseling Subscriber access only

Develop specific policies and procedures that protect your church, lay caregivers, and those who receive care.
Check-In and Check-Out Procedures

Check-In and Check-Out Procedures Subscriber access only

Learn how to establish check-in procedures that keep children safe.