Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 2014
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Feature Article

Funding Foreign Activities

Funding Foreign Activities Member access only

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

Articles

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

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
Connecticut
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.
Virginia
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.
Washington, D.C.
Compensation

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.
Federal
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.
Texas
Church Property Disputes

Local Church Retains Control of Property  Member access only

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

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.

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Understanding Pastoral Liability

Understanding Pastoral Liability Member access only

Know the situations in which a pastor is personally liable for wrongdoing.
How Churches Spend Their Money: 2019 Executive Report

How Churches Spend Their Money: 2019 Executive Report Member access only

This report will give you an inside look at how churches nationwide spend their money.