Continuing education for ministry leaders

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.

This Week's Lesson
Week of February 16

What is the Clergy-Penitent Privilege? Member access only


This lesson covers the topic of the clergy privilege. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the following ...

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2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide Member access only

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
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Nonprofit Financial Oversight Member access only

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Board Member Orientation Member access only

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Youth Ministry in a #MeToo Culture

Youth Ministry in a #MeToo Culture Member access only

Develop boundaries and a reporting structure that keeps your youth program safe for everyone.
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.