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Board Member

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.

This Week's LessonWeek of June 28

Who is a Minister? Member access only

Introduction

This week we turn our attention to who is a minister. Start by completing the following quiz. Then review the Executive Summary for the key points on this topic, or read the Weekly Lesson ...

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Articles View All

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

Q&A: Should We Start Digging into Our Reserves? Member access only

Churches that deplete their reserves should replenish them over time.

Church Member's Arrest Justified Member access only

Individuals who send threatening communications to a pastor can face criminal liability.
How to Safely Reopen Your Church and Reduce Legal Liability

How to Safely Reopen Your Church and Reduce Legal Liability

Don’t meet until you’ve consulted your local, state, and federal authorities and then follow the strictest guidelines.
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Will Our Church Get Sued for Reopening? Member access only

How church leaders should weigh the potential legal liabilities associated with public gatherings during the pandemic.
Do We Know When to Hire an Attorney?

Do We Know When to Hire an Attorney?

Take this True/False quiz to find out.
Do We Know the Risks of Church Political Activity?

Do We Know the Risks of Church Political Activity?

Assess whether your choices are threatening your tax-exempt status.
Tracking Faith-Based Legal Challenges to Pandemic Orders

Tracking Faith-Based Legal Challenges to Pandemic Orders

How federal courts nationwide are addressing religious liberty arguments by churches.

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50-State Religious Freedom Laws Report Member access only

A review of state laws and court decisions affecting church leaders
Your Complete Guide to Virtual Church Meetings

Your Complete Guide to Virtual Church Meetings Member access only

A toolkit for legal and compliant business meetings
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.