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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 April 5

Investment Fraud - Part 6 Member access only

Introduction

This lesson focuses on the issue of Investment Fraud. 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 Member access only

Be prudent with what you share

Bankruptcy Law Member access only

Rules for charitable giving

Selecting an Attorney or CPA Member access only

Tips to assist church treasurers and leaders in choosing an attorney or CPA
5 Questions Churches Should Ask Before Holding a Virtual Business Meeting

5 Questions Churches Should Ask Before Holding a Virtual Business Meeting

How church leaders can ensure their decisions are valid if an in-person meeting isn’t possible.
Q&A: Did My Church Infringe on Copyright When Using YouTube Videos in a Live-Stream Service?

Q&A: Did My Church Infringe on Copyright When Using YouTube Videos in a Live-Stream Service?

What church leaders must understand about copyright law when doing church online.
Precautions and Protocols to Take When Responding to a Pandemic

Precautions and Protocols to Take When Responding to a Pandemic

A medical professional and church leader explains how churches can respond safely and effectively.
3 Steps to Determine If Government Actions Affect Public Gatherings

3 Steps to Determine If Government Actions Affect Public Gatherings

Churches need to closely watch how local and state officials respond to COVID-19.
Legal Considerations for Coronavirus Guidance and Church Gatherings

Legal Considerations for Coronavirus Guidance and Church Gatherings

Government actions that impact constitutional interests must follow certain rules.

5 Ways to Protect Your Church

How to implement thorough policies and procedures.

Will Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Become Illegal?

High court’s decision could have implications for the hiring and firing practices of churches.
from our store
Church Governance

Church Governance Member access only

What leaders must know to conduct legally sound church business.
Avoiding Church Lawsuits

Avoiding Church Lawsuits Member 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 Member access only

Richard Hammar explains legal and tax matters for planning a pastor's compensation.
Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards

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

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

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

Let ChurchSalary do the work. Get personalized compensation reports for staff and pastors.

Increase Giving at Church

Increase Giving at Church Member access only

Develop practical and digital strategies to cultivate a culture of giving.
Immigration & the Church

Immigration & the Church Member access only

Keep your church safe and legal and as you strive to serve the immigrant communities in your context.