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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.

This Week's LessonWeek of July 5

Political Activities by Churches Member access only

Introduction

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

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Continuing Education Member access only

Taxable income in relation to continuing education

Ministers and Estimated Taxes Member 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.

Church Member's Arrest Justified Member access only

Individuals who send threatening communications to a pastor can face criminal liability.
Do We Know the Risks of Church Political Activity?

Do We Know the Risks of Church Political Activity?

Assess whether your choices are threatening your tax-exempt status.
Are We Violating Copyright Law?

Are We Violating Copyright Law?

Take this quiz to make sure you're staying within the guidelines.
Q&A: Did My Church Infringe on Copyright When Using YouTube Videos in a Livestream Service?

Q&A: Did My Church Infringe on Copyright When Using YouTube Videos in a Livestream Service?

What church leaders must understand about copyright law when doing church online.

Online Worship and Meetings

Ideas, insights, and advice on how to proceed as you shift more ministry online.

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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
Using Social Media Safely

Using Social Media Safely Member access only

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

Church Fundraising Campaigns Member access only

Discover tips on raising and borrowing money.