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PastorWeekly Lessons

Continuing education for ministry leaders

Welcome! On this page, you will find lessons, articles, and resources specifically tailored to your pastoral role.

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.

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This Week's Lesson
Week of December 9

Self-Employment Tax Paid by the Church Subscriber access only

Introduction

This lesson introduces the issue of Self-Employment Tax Paid by the Church. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation ...

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Articles

Continuing Education Subscriber access only

Taxable income in relation to continuing education

Ministers and Estimated Taxes Subscriber access only

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.
Hey, Fletch: Can My Church Force Me to Retire at Age 65?

Hey, Fletch: Can My Church Force Me to Retire at Age 65?

The legal and ministry considerations of an age-based retirement policy.
Your IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits Just Went up for 2019

Your IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits Just Went up for 2019

The IRS issued new guidance in November for cost-of-living increases.
Sorting Out Gifts from Compensation for Pastors’ Income Tax Treatment

Sorting Out Gifts from Compensation for Pastors’ Income Tax Treatment

A recent major Tax Court ruling underscores key criteria for church leaders to follow.
Hey, Fletch: A Board Member No Longer Gives to the Church

Hey, Fletch: A Board Member No Longer Gives to the Church

How to approach a board member who isn’t engaging with the church’s mission.
How to Create an Inventory for Your Church

How to Create an Inventory for Your Church Subscriber access only

Tips and tricks for effectively keeping track of what your church owns.
6 Common Problems with Church Bylaws

6 Common Problems with Church Bylaws

Why bylaws can often hurt churches.
Hey, Fletch: What’s the Best Way to Structure a Pay Scale?

Hey, Fletch: What’s the Best Way to Structure a Pay Scale?

Tips for building a compensation plan that can grow with your church.
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Church Fundraising Campaigns

Church Fundraising Campaigns Subscriber access only

Discover tips on raising and borrowing money.
Increase Giving at Church

Increase Giving at Church Subscriber access only

Develop practical and digital strategies to cultivate a culture of giving.
Using Social Media Safely

Using Social Media Safely Subscriber access only

Policies to keep your church staff and members safe when using social media.

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Experience a whole new way to set compensation. Eliminate the guesswork – get access to detailed compensation reports in just minutes.

Starting a Disaster Response Ministry

Starting a Disaster Response Ministry Subscriber access only

Safely and effectively serve people whose lives have been overturned by a disaster.
Dealing with Dangerous People

Dealing with Dangerous People Subscriber access only

This resource goes through safety measures to ward off dangerous individuals from entering your church.