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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 April 22

Accountable Expense Reimbursement Arrangements Subscriber access only

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of "Accountable" Expense Reimbursement Arrangements. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, ...

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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: What Are the Best Accounting Practices for a Multisite Campus?

Hey, Fletch: What Are the Best Accounting Practices for a Multisite Campus?

Navigating donations, designations, and more.
When Churches Are Liable for Hostile Work Environments

When Churches Are Liable for Hostile Work Environments

What churches can learn from a recent sexual harassment case.
What Retired Ministers Should Know About Housing Allowances

What Retired Ministers Should Know About Housing Allowances Subscriber access only

Insights and regulations to keep in mind.
Child Abuse Prevention and #MeToo: How to Protect Your Church

Child Abuse Prevention and #MeToo: How to Protect Your Church

What to consider as you create plans and policies.
Churches Can No Longer Itemize Deductions for Business Expenses

Churches Can No Longer Itemize Deductions for Business Expenses

What you should know in light of recent tax reform.
A Closer Look at the Housing Allowance

A Closer Look at the Housing Allowance

What this tax benefit means for churches nationwide.
What Church Employees Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation

What Church Employees Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation

Why you shouldn’t be afraid to talk about money in ministry settings.
from our store
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.
Safe Ways to Handle Your Church’s Money

Safe Ways to Handle Your Church’s Money  Subscriber access only

Includes an assessment, tips to prevent embezzlement, benefits of audits and more.
Keeping Church Property Safe

Keeping Church Property Safe  Subscriber access only

Discover new and simple ways to better secure church property.