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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 June 16

Copyright Law - Part 5 Member access only

Introduction

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

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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
Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional

Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional

Appellate court reverses lower court ruling, preserving valuable tax benefit.
Hey, Fletch: Does Our Church Have Enough Insurance Coverage?

Hey, Fletch: Does Our Church Have Enough Insurance Coverage?

Leaders must understand what is—and isn’t—covered by their policies.
4 Common Mistakes in Annual Reviews of Pastors

4 Common Mistakes in Annual Reviews of Pastors

And solutions to these problems to help strengthen these reviews.
Board Monitoring of Church Finances: What to Do—and When

Board Monitoring of Church Finances: What to Do—and When Member access only

A step-by-step guide for meetings.
The Role of Your Church Board in Providing Financial Oversight

The Role of Your Church Board in Providing Financial Oversight Member access only

Consider the value of strong finance and audit subcommittees with specific responsibilities.
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.
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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 the pastors 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

Experience a whole new way to set compensation. Eliminate the guesswork – get access to detailed compensation reports in just minutes.

Essential Guide to Employment Issues for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Employment Issues for Church Boards Member access only

Covers selection and screening, dispute resolution, terminations, discrimination, and minimum wage.
Liability & Church and State Issues: Volume 4 of Pastor, Church & Law

Liability & Church and State Issues: Volume 4 of Pastor, Church & Law Member access only

Learn which local, state, and federal laws apply to religious organizations.