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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 15

Can I Have the Church Withhold My Taxes? Member access only

Introduction

This lesson examines the topic of withholding taxes of ministerial employees. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge ...

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Articles

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.
Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional

Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional

Appellate court reverses lower court ruling, preserving valuable tax benefit.
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.
IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits Went up for 2019

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

The IRS issued guidance for cost-of-living increases.
Monetary Gifts to Pastor Are Taxable Income

Monetary Gifts to Pastor Are Taxable Income Member access only

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 Member access only

Tips and tricks for effectively keeping track of what your church owns.
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Church Fundraising Campaigns

Church Fundraising Campaigns Member access only

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

Increase Giving at Church Member access only

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

Using Social Media Safely Member access only

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

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

Let ChurchSalary do the work. Get personalized compensation reports for staff and pastors.

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws Member access only

State by state laws to report child abuse.
Safety On the Road

Safety On the Road  Member access only

Discover the best ways to transport people safely.