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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 June 17

Pastoral Liability—Sexual Misconduct Subscriber access only

Introduction

This lesson focuses on the issue of sexual misconduct. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation of this topic. ...

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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.
8 Reminders About Supplemental Income Projects

8 Reminders About Supplemental Income Projects

Take these necessary precautions.
Q&A: How Should Churches Respond to Threatening Messages?

Q&A: How Should Churches Respond to Threatening Messages? Subscriber access only

What steps can be taken when a church receives various kinds of threats.
Estate Gifts: Don’t Get Too Involved

Estate Gifts: Don’t Get Too Involved

Churches should never recommend a lawyer or a financial planner.
Hey, Fletch: How Can We Have Healthy, Honest Meetings?

Hey, Fletch: How Can We Have Healthy, Honest Meetings?

Understand what a ‘four-wall discussion’ means.
Creating a Crisis Communication Plan for Your Church

Creating a Crisis Communication Plan for Your Church

Five questions every church needs to ask when preparing for emergencies.
3 Tips for an Effective Communication Strategy

3 Tips for an Effective Communication Strategy

Start making a plan today.
What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements

What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements Subscriber access only

How does recently passed legislation affect 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.
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.
Check-In and Check-Out Procedures

Check-In and Check-Out Procedures Subscriber access only

How to establish check-in procedures that keep children safe.