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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 business administrator for your church.

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.

Business Administrator

This Week's Lesson
Week of February 17

Embezzlement of Church Funds - Part 5 Subscriber access only

Introduction

This lesson continues on the issue of embezzlement. 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

Electronic Privacy Subscriber access only

Materialman's Liens Subscriber access only

Laws affecting "materialman's liens" in building and construction projects
When the Church Office Closes for Bad Weather, Does Everyone Get Paid?

When the Church Office Closes for Bad Weather, Does Everyone Get Paid?

The legal—and logical—considerations regarding how to handle an office closure.
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.
Your IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits Just Went up for 2019

Your IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits Just Went up for 2019

The IRS issued new guidance in November for cost-of-living increases.
Hey, Fletch: What Kind of Written Report Should We Give to the Church Board?

Hey, Fletch: What Kind of Written Report Should We Give to the Church Board?

How this tool can reduce meeting times and enhance efficiency.
The Minister and the Church’s Payroll Tax Obligations

The Minister and the Church’s Payroll Tax Obligations

Key tips on navigating withholding.
Separating Fact From Fiction Regarding the 'Parking Lot Tax'

Separating Fact From Fiction Regarding the 'Parking Lot Tax' Subscriber access only

Understanding the new tax reform’s effects on employer-provided parking.
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.
from our store
2019 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2019 Church & Clergy Tax Guide Subscriber access only

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
Best Practices for Technology Usage

Best Practices for Technology Usage 

Establish policies and best practices to govern the use of technology for church staff.
Essential Guide to Church Budgeting

Essential Guide to Church Budgeting Subscriber access only

Good budgeting will help your church stay financially healthy.
Setting Wages and Benefits for Church Staff

Setting Wages and Benefits for Church Staff Subscriber access only

This training download addresses key aspects of compensation planning for church employees.

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 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.
Reducing the Risk

Reducing the Risk Subscriber access only

Keep your church safe from child sexual abuse.