New Minister

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New Minister

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.

This Week's LessonWeek of May 31

How Do I Pay Estimated Taxes? Member access only

Introduction

This lesson examines how new ministers should pay their estimated taxes. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing ...

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Should I Opt Out of Social Security? Member access only

Carefully consider before making this one-time decision.

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

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

How Do I Pay Estimated Taxes? Member access only

4 steps to filing.
Top 3 Most Confusing Tax Issues for Clergy

Top 3 Most Confusing Tax Issues for Clergy

What new—and veteran—ministers and treasurers need to know to file taxes correctly and receive maximum tax benefits.

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.
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 Member access only

The former head of the agency on churches’ important role in disaster response.

Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s Member access only

What pastors and church staff can learn about the power of compounding.
3 Ways to be a Good Neighbor to Disaster Survivors

3 Ways to be a Good Neighbor to Disaster Survivors Member access only

What the Good Samaritan parable can teach us abut helping after hurricanes.

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50-State Religious Freedom Laws Report

50-State Religious Freedom Laws Report Member access only

A review of State Laws and court decisions affecting church leaders
Your Complete Guide to Virtual Church Meetings

Your Complete Guide to Virtual Church Meetings Member access only

A toolkit for legal and compliant business meetings
12 Law & Tax Guidelines for New Ministers

12 Law & Tax Guidelines for New Ministers Member access only

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