Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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‘Ministerial Exception’ Prevents Court from Resolving Dismissed Minister’s Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Court Rules Marriages Performed in Foreign Country Valid in Maryland Member access only


Church's Rights to Build Larger Facility Violated by County Member access only

Church Property

Former Organist Sues Church Member access only

Clergy - Removal; Employment Practices

Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees Member access only

Employment Practices

Child Abuse Reporting Member access only

Recent Developments in Church Property Rulings Member access only

Recent Developments in Maryland Regarding Church Elections Member access only

Churches as Historic Landmarks Member access only

Church Property; Church Property Disputes

Man Sues Diocese and Two Priests Over Abuse Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Former Candidate for Priesthood Sues for Defamation Member access only

Defamation; Freedom of Religion

"Repression" and the Statute of Limitations Member access only

Who Controls the Property of a Disaffiliated Church? Member access only

Church Property; Church Property Disputes

Arbitration of Church Disputes Member access only


Failure to Pay Property Taxes Member access only

Church Property

Construction Projects - Part 2 Member access only

Personal Injuries - Part 4 Member access only

Defamation; Invasion of Privacy; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Freedom of Religion - Part 2 Member access only

Freedom of Religion



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Pastor, Church & Law, Fifth Edition

Pastor, Church & Law, Fifth Edition Member access only

Learn which local, state, and federal laws apply to religious organizations.
Your Guide to Employee Handbooks

Your Guide to Employee Handbooks Member access only

If updated regularly, an employee handbook can offer valuable legal protection against civil court claims made by disgruntled staff members.