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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 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 April 15

Who is a Minister? Subscriber access only

Introduction

This week we turn our attention to who is a minister. Start by completing the following quiz. Then review the Executive Summary for the key points on this topic, or read the Weekly Lesson ...

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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.
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.
How Churches and FEMA Can Work Together

How Churches and FEMA Can Work Together Subscriber access only

The former head of the agency on churches’ important role in disaster response.
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Essential Guide to Law and Tax for New Ministers

Essential Guide to Law and Tax for New Ministers  Subscriber access only

Essential knowledge to ensure legal and financial clarity and integrity in ministry.
Does Your Church Owe Taxes on Alternative Revenue?

Does Your Church Owe Taxes on Alternative Revenue? Subscriber access only

How unrelated business income, and the possible taxes owed from it, works for churches.
Confronting Gun Violence at Church

Confronting Gun Violence at Church  Subscriber access only

Help your congregation feel secure in your house of worship.