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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.

This Week's LessonWeek of July 5

Political Activities by Churches

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of Political Activities by Churches. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the following quiz.

A pastor invites a political candidate to address the congregation during a worship service. Some members of the church believe that this invitation could jeopardize the church's tax-exempt status. Are they correct?

Weekly Quiz

Instructions Click on the correct answer for each of the following questions.

Executive Summary

Your church probably has never endorsed a political candidate. But, you may have engaged in other kinds of political activities, such as having candidates address the congregation, distributing materials that evaluate candidates, or submitting petitions to the city council or state legislature on topics of concern. Many pastors are aware that political ...

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