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 23

What Legal Requirements Apply to the Performance of Marriage Ceremonies? Member access only


In this lesson we turn our attention to the performance of marriages by clergy. Start by completing the following quiz. Then review the Executive Summary for the key points on this topic, ...

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