Jump directly to the content
Home > Training for Your Role > New Minister

New MinisterWeekly Lessons

Continuing education for ministry leaders

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

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.

New Minister

This Week's Lesson
Week of August 12

What is the Housing Allowance? Subscriber access only

Introduction

This lesson examines the popular topic of housing allowance. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the ...

View Lesson

Articles

Should I Opt Out of Social Security? Subscriber access only

Carefully consider before making this one-time decision.

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

The legal essentials, and a checklist, for helping couples tie knot.

How Do I Pay Estimated Taxes? Subscriber access only

4 steps to filing.
8 Reminders About Supplemental Income Projects

8 Reminders About Supplemental Income Projects

Take these necessary precautions.
A Closer Look at the Housing Allowance

A Closer Look at the Housing Allowance

What this tax benefit means for churches nationwide.
How to Start the Salary Negotiation Process

How to Start the Salary Negotiation Process

Tips for approaching conversations about compensation.
What Church Employees Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation

What Church Employees Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation

Why you shouldn’t be afraid to talk about money in ministry settings.
Why Church Leaders Shouldn’t Avoid “Practical” Topics

Why Church Leaders Shouldn’t Avoid “Practical” Topics

Preachers may not want to talk about finances—but it’s critical that they do so.
IRS Announces 2018 Mileage Rates

IRS Announces 2018 Mileage Rates

Church leaders can track and report mileage for proper reimbursement.
Q&A: Are New 15-Passenger Vans Safer?

Q&A: Are New 15-Passenger Vans Safer?

Even with improvements, these vehicles still pose significant risks.
from our store
12 Law & Tax Guidelines for New Ministers

12 Law & Tax Guidelines for New Ministers Subscriber access only

Essential knowledge to ensure legal and financial clarity and integrity in ministry.
ChurchSalary

Receive a customized salary report for up to 18 different ministry positions. Learn how your church should compensate based on size, budget, location, and employee work experience.

20 Finance Questions Churches Ask

20 Finance Questions Churches Ask Subscriber access only

Richard Hammar shares his answers to 20 of the most widely asked and relevant tax and finance questions for church leaders.
Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety

Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety Subscriber access only

Understand and implement best practices to protect kids in your ministry.