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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 staff or volunteer positions within a church.

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This Week's LessonWeek of November 18

Limited Immunity of Church Board Members

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of Limited Immunity of Church Board Members. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the following quiz.

A church board authorizes a trip by the church's youth group to a lake for swimming. Fifty adolescents go on the trip, along with the youth pastor and one other adult. Neither adult has had any training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. An adolescent boy swims out toward the center of the lake, and begins crying for help. After several minutes, the boy is dragged to shore, but no one knows how to resuscitate him. He dies before an ambulance arrives. The boy's parents later sue the church and the members of the church board. The board members assume that they cannot be personally liable because of a state law that gives uncompensated board members of charitable organizations limited immunity from liability. Are they correct?

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