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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 October 14

What is the Clergy-Penitent Privilege? Subscriber access only

Introduction

This lesson covers the topic of the clergy privilege. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the following ...

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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: 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.
How Can Churches Treat Their Staffs Well?

How Can Churches Treat Their Staffs Well?

An experienced executive pastor offers insights on compensation, job descriptions, and more.
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.
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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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Church Fundraising Campaigns

Church Fundraising Campaigns Subscriber access only

Discover tips on raising and borrowing money.
Planning a Church Building Project

Planning a Church Building Project Subscriber access only

Learn about zoning laws, property sales, church construction, financing, and more.