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November/December 2011
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Feature Article

Feature Article

Stacking Up Electronics in the Church Subscriber access only

Gadgets present legal, tax issues for leaders.


Excessive Pay and Benefits  Subscriber access only

Though rare, blind spots can trip up any church.
Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Beware of Fundraising Schemes Subscriber access only

A warning to trusting churches.

Invasion of Privacy Lawsuit Subscriber access only

The dangers of communicating potentially damaging information about employees.
New York
Clergy - Removal

Incorporated Arbitration Clauses Subscriber access only

Have an attorney review any arbitration policy to ensure its enforceability.
Church Records

Members' Right to Inspect Church Records

Members may inspect records only if they have a “proper purpose” for doing so.
Church Records

Is a Church Obligated to Share Member Records? Subscriber access only

State nonprofit corporation law may override protection of privacy.
Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

FLSA and the Ministerial Exception Subscriber access only

Federal court rules that a seminarian cannot claim unpaid overtime compensation.

Release Forms Subscriber access only

Have your insurance agent and an attorney review releases before you use them.
Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

Overtime Pay for Work-Related Smartphone Use Subscriber access only

Follow these steps to reduce your risk of overtime liability.
Tax Calendar

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers



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Starting a Disaster Response Ministry

Starting a Disaster Response Ministry Subscriber access only

Safely and effectively serve people whose lives have been overturned by a disaster.
Planning a Church Building Project

Planning a Church Building Project Subscriber access only

Learn about zoning laws, property sales, church construction, financing, and more.