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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 April 5

Pastoral Liability—Sexual Misconduct Member 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 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.
Q&A: Did My Church Infringe on Copyright When Using YouTube Videos in a Live-Stream Service?

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

What church leaders must understand about copyright law when doing church online.
Governing Documents
15 Things Richard Hammar Wants Pastors to Know

Governing Documents

Understand the importance of church constitution and bylaws.
Parliamentary Procedure
15 Things Richard Hammar Wants Pastors to Know

Parliamentary Procedure Member access only

Learn the basics of running church meetings.
Church Insurance
15 Things Richard Hammar Wants Pastors to Know

Church Insurance

Determine if your church has the right insurance.
Child Abuse Reporting
15 Things Richard Hammar Wants Pastors to Know

Child Abuse Reporting Member access only

Learn what it means to be a mandatory reporter and state-by-state reporting requirements.
Incorporation
15 Things Richard Hammar Wants Pastors to Know

Incorporation Member access only

Learn the fundamentals of incorporating a church and how it affects church governance.
from our store
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.
Increase Giving at Church

Increase Giving at Church Member access only

Develop practical and digital strategies to cultivate a culture of giving.

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

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

Protecting Your Church from Crime and Violence

Protecting Your Church from Crime and Violence  Member access only

Assess the security of your church and learn how to prevent crime.
Reducing the Risk

Reducing the Risk Member access only

Keep your church safe from child sexual abuse.