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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 May 20

Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay - Part 2 Subscriber access only

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing ...

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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
What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements

What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements Subscriber access only

How does recently passed legislation affect your church?
Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor?

Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor?

Tips for convincing leadership that the executive pastor role is a necessary one.
3 Areas to Consider in Evaluating Your Church’s Emergency Preparedness

3 Areas to Consider in Evaluating Your Church’s Emergency Preparedness

Make sure you have plans in place for various categories of emergencies.
How to Create a Church Culture of Accountability in the #MeToo Era

How to Create a Church Culture of Accountability in the #MeToo Era Subscriber access only

Four strategies to welcome abuse victims and survivors.
What Churches Need to Know About the New FEMA Disaster Aid Process

What Churches Need to Know About the New FEMA Disaster Aid Process

A breakdown of the options churches now have access to for disaster protection and relief.
4 Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You

4 Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You

Consider which approach may work best for your meetings.
What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like in the Church?

What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like in the Church? Subscriber access only

Defining this threat—and how church leaders must be on guard.
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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.
The Enforcement or Return of Donors' Designated Gifts

The Enforcement or Return of Donors' Designated Gifts  Subscriber access only

How to handle designated gifts. Are they enforceable or refundable?
Church IT

Church IT Subscriber access only

Learn how to find the best solutions when choosing software and hardware for your church.