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PastorWeekly Lessons

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 staff or volunteer positions within a church.

This Week's LessonWeek of February 3

Should Our Church be Incorporated


Our lesson this week examines the topic of church incorporation. 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 was established in 1930. It has never been incorporated. A child is sexually molested by a church member during a church activity. The victim's family sues the church. The church's insurance company declines any coverage because of an exclusion in the policy for sexual misconduct. Some of the members are concerned that they may face personal liability for the victim's injuries. Should they be concerned?

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