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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 February 17

Church Software Policies Subscriber access only

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of church software policies. 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
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 Subscriber 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 Subscriber 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.
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.
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Church Governance

Church Governance Subscriber access only

What leaders must know to conduct legally sound church business
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.

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

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

Internal Controls for Church Finances

Internal Controls for Church Finances Subscriber access only

Learn how to protect your church's money.
Safety On the Road

Safety On the Road  Subscriber access only

Discover the best ways to transport people safely.