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Continuing education for ministry leaders

Welcome! On this page, you will find lessons, articles, and resources specifically tailored to your role as a church board member.

Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on your role. The current lesson is featured below, as well as the links to the previous two weeks’ lessons.


In addition, various articles that pertain to your position—from Church Law & Tax Report, Church Finance Today, and our exclusive web-only content—are listed here for your convenience, as well as recommended resources from the Church Law & Tax Store.

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This Week's Lesson
Week of October 14

Bankruptcy Law - Part 2 Subscriber access only

Introduction

This lesson focuses on the issue of Bankruptcy Law. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation of this topic. ...

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Articles

Disclosing Confidential Information Subscriber access only

Be prudent with what you share

Bankruptcy Law Subscriber access only

Rules for charitable giving

Selecting an Attorney or CPA Subscriber access only

Tips to assist church treasurers and leaders in choosing an attorney or CPA
3 Audiences for Church Financial Reports to Consider

3 Audiences for Church Financial Reports to Consider

The people you need to keep in the know when creating financial statements.
Hey, Fletch: A Board Member No Longer Gives to the Church

Hey, Fletch: A Board Member No Longer Gives to the Church

How to approach a board member who isn’t engaging with the church’s mission.
How to Create an Inventory for Your Church

How to Create an Inventory for Your Church Subscriber access only

Tips and tricks for effectively keeping track of what your church owns.
6 Common Problems with Church Bylaws

6 Common Problems with Church Bylaws

Why bylaws can often hurt churches.
Hey, Fletch: What’s the Best Way to Structure a Pay Scale?

Hey, Fletch: What’s the Best Way to Structure a Pay Scale?

Tips for building a compensation plan that can grow with your church.
How Can Churches Treat Their Staffs Well?

How Can Churches Treat Their Staffs Well?

An experienced executive pastor offers insights on compensation, job descriptions, and more.

Six Key Elements to Setting Church Compensation

Learn how these components can help set fair, data-driven compensation for church staff
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Avoiding Church Lawsuits

Avoiding Church Lawsuits Subscriber access only

Create proactive procedures to avoid common reasons why churches most often go to court.
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.
Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards Subscriber access only

Be aware of ways you can expose yourself to personal legal liability.
Essential Guide to Money for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Money for Church Boards  Subscriber access only

Church board members should have a basic understanding of these financial issues.
ChurchSalary

Experience a whole new way to set compensation. Get access to detailed compensation reports in just minutes.

Protecting Your Church from Crime and Violence

Protecting Your Church from Crime and Violence  Subscriber access only

Assess the security of your church and learn how to prevent crime.
Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards Subscriber access only

Be aware of ways you can expose yourself to personal legal liability.