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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 February 16

Car Expenses: Standard Mileage or Actual? 

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of car expenses. 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 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.
Tips on Selecting a Tax Preparer

Tips on Selecting a Tax Preparer Member access only

Choose a person with experience preparing ministers' tax returns.
5 Ways to Protect Your Church

5 Ways to Protect Your Church

How to implement thorough policies and procedures.
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.
from our store
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.

Youth Ministry in a #MeToo Culture

Youth Ministry in a #MeToo Culture Member access only

Develop boundaries and a reporting structure that keeps your youth program safe for everyone.
2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide Member access only

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.