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Continuing education for ministry leaders

Welcome! On this page, you will find lessons, articles, and resources specifically tailored to your role as a denominational leader.

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.

Denominational Leaders

This Week's Lesson
Week of April 21

Embezzlement of Church Funds - Part 3 Subscriber access only

Introduction

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

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Articles

Works Made for Hire Subscriber access only

Church Vans - Part 1 Subscriber access only

Church Vans - Part 2 Subscriber access only

Q&A: How Should Churches Respond to Threatening Messages?

Q&A: How Should Churches Respond to Threatening Messages? Subscriber access only

What steps can be taken when a church receives various kinds of threats.
Creating a Crisis Communication Plan for Your Church

Creating a Crisis Communication Plan for Your Church Subscriber access only

Five questions every church needs to ask when preparing for emergencies.
3 Tips for an Effective Communication Strategy

3 Tips for an Effective Communication Strategy

Start making a plan today.
What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements

What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements Subscriber access only

How does recently passed legislation affect your church?
Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor?

Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor?

Tips for convincing leadership that the executive pastor role is a necessary one.
3 Areas to Consider in Evaluating Your Church’s Emergency Preparedness

3 Areas to Consider in Evaluating Your Church’s Emergency Preparedness

Make sure you have plans in place for various categories of emergencies.
How to Create a Church Culture of Accountability in the #MeToo Era

How to Create a Church Culture of Accountability in the #MeToo Era Subscriber access only

Four strategies for responding to abuse victims and survivors.
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Liability & Church and State Issues: Volume 4 of Pastor, Church & Law

Liability & Church and State Issues: Volume 4 of Pastor, Church & Law Subscriber access only

Learn which local, state, and federal laws apply to religious organizations.

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Board Basics for Churches

Board Basics for Churches Subscriber access only

From church records to legal risks and liabilities—what your church board should know.
The 2019 State of Church Compensation Report

The 2019 State of Church Compensation Report Subscriber access only

Data and statistics about the state of church compensation in the U.S. for 2019.