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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 2014
Articles with a Member Access Only are available only to members.

Feature Article

Funding Foreign Activities

Funding Foreign Activities Member access only

Seven legal areas that trip up churches—and how to navigate them.


When Church Business Meetings Go Electronic

When Church Business Meetings Go Electronic Member access only

What to do if phone and Internet tools are used for off-site participants.

Beware of Church Seminar Scams Member access only

Questionable practices make some investigation essential.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Church Not Responsible for Teen Sleepover Injury Member access only

Court rules injuries sustained during off-site sleepover are not church's responsibility.
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Commonwealth of Virginia Not Responsible for Virginia Tech Murder Member access only

State Supreme Court rules state not responsible; massacre was not reasonably foreseeable.
District of Columbia
Compensation and Benefits

First Amendment Leaves Room for Employee Lawsuits Member access only

D.C. court of appeal rules religious freedom doesn't bar a pastor from suing for unpaid compensation.
Clergy - Removal; Employment Practices

Ministerial Exemption Bars Court's Ruling in Music Director's Dismissal Member access only

Federal Court unable to resolve claim that director's dismissal was based on age or disability.
Denominations - Legal Liability

Local Church Retains Control of Property  Member access only

Court denies Episcopal national church ownership of building used by newly dissociated church.


Q&A: Can a Church's "Irrevocable" Promise Become Revocable? Member access only

Why a church may have to honor a valuable commitment to a retired pastor.