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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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Decision Reinforces When Courts Can—or Can't—Resolve Church Bylaws Disputes Subscriber access only

Church Business Meetings

Court Willing to Resolve Pastor’s Lawsuit Against Church for Compensation Dispute Subscriber access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

North Carolina Appeals Court Ruling Shows Limits of Negligent Selection and Negligent Supervision Subscriber access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Pastors Can Be Subject to Criminal Penalties for Not Complying with Legal Requirements for Valid Marriage under State Law Subscriber access only


Embezzlement Without Internal Controls Subscriber access only


Church Not Responsible for Rape of Teenage Girl by Camp Worker Subscriber access only

Denominations - Legal Liability; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Responsible for Payroll Taxes Subscriber access only

Payroll Tax Reporting

Compensation Dispute Subscriber access only


Church Held Liable for Pastor's Abuse of Minors  Subscriber access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church's Insurance Policy Prevents Coverage  Subscriber access only


The Ministerial Exception and Racial Discrimination Subscriber access only

Clergy - Removal; Employment Practices

Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment Subscriber access only

Employment Practices

Sexual Harassment Suit Proceeds Against Local Church, but Not Denomination Subscriber access only

Denominations - Legal Liability; Employment Practices; Sexual Harassment

Church Members Sue for Breach of Fiduciary Duties Subscriber access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Clergy-Penitent Privilege in Court Cases Subscriber access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications; Criminal Liability

Recent Developments in North Carolina Regarding Sexual Harassment Subscriber access only

Definition of "Church" for Zoning Purposes Subscriber access only

Church Property; Zoning

Disaffiliated Local Church Allowed to Retain Property Subscriber access only

Church Property; Church Property Disputes

Minister Receives Two Life Sentences Subscriber access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Property Subscriber access only

Church Property Disputes
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Setting a Pastor's Pay

Setting a Pastor's Pay Subscriber access only

Richard Hammar explains legal and tax matters for planning the pastors compensation.
Benevolence Fund Basics

Benevolence Fund Basics Subscriber access only

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