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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 August 12

The Legal Doctrine of Conversion Subscriber access only

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the legal doctrine of conversion of property. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by ...

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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
Separating Fact From Fiction Regarding the "Parking Lot Tax"

Separating Fact From Fiction Regarding the "Parking Lot Tax"

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.
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.
6 Common Problems with Church Bylaws

6 Common Problems with Church Bylaws

Why bylaws can often hurt churches.
Hey, Fletch: What’s the Best Way to Structure a Pay Scale?

Hey, Fletch: What’s the Best Way to Structure a Pay Scale?

Tips for building a compensation plan that can grow with your church.

Six Key Elements to Setting Church Compensation

Learn how these components can help set fair, data-driven compensation for church staff
Hey, Fletch: How Can We Fix Our New Giver Email?

Hey, Fletch: How Can We Fix Our New Giver Email?

Tips for making your emails to new donors effective and accessible.
from our store
2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide 

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

Receive a customized salary report for up to 18 different ministry positions. Learn how your church should compensate based on size, budget, location, and employee work experience.

Benevolence Fund Basics

Benevolence Fund Basics Subscriber access only

Help your church develop a tax-compliant benevolence ministry.
Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy

Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy Subscriber access only

Church leaders and boards can take relatively simple, yet effective steps to reduce the likelihood of child sexual abuse.