Cybersecurity breaches continue to mount, and the church is far from immune. In fact, sloppy and unmonitored systems, lack of policies and protocols, and failures to follow specific rules and government regulations can leave churches vulnerable and easy targets for cybercrime. These risks not only jeopardize sensitive data and threaten business continuity for churches, but they also can create financial and legal liabilities. Our forum with three cyber experts explores many of the blind spots that put a church's computer activities at risk and offers practical guidance for preventing problems and dealing with issues when they arise. Another related article explains what church leaders need to know about cyber insurance.
In the widely publicized Supreme Court decision involving a Christian baker, the US Supreme Court said that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's treatment of the baker "violated the state's duty under the First Amendment not to base laws or regulations on hostility to a religion or religious viewpoint." This article explains the relevance of this case to clergy, churches, and Christian business owners. Additionally, the article looks at two other court cases that speak into the complexities of this topic.
"The #ChurchToo movement (accompanying the #MeToo movement) reveals that churches are as susceptible to issues of sexual misconduct and abuses of power as secular institutions," writes journalist Ruth Moon. This article offers four specific strategies for creating positive change.
A Michigan court ruled that it was barred by the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine from resolving a pastor's employment dispute with his church and denomination.
A Louisiana court ruled that inculpatory statements made by a murder suspect to a church employee were not protected from disclosure by the clergy-penitent privilege because the employee was not a minister and the privilege had been waived.
After Chicago pastors appealed the 2017 court ruling that declared the clergy housing allowance unconstitutional, "more than 5,000 pastors across the country have already signed on to an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) campaign defending the exemption," reported ChristianityToday.com.