Youth/Children's Worker

Continuing education for ministry leaders

Welcome! On this page, you will find lessons, articles, and resources specifically tailored to your role as a youth/children’s worker at your church.

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.

Youth/Children's Worker

This Week's Lesson
Week of April 5

Consent Forms Member access only


Our lesson this week examines the topic of Consent Forms. 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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A Spouse's Travel Expenses Member access only

The Equal Access Act Member access only

Freedom of Religion Member access only

Preventing Abuse in Youth Ministries

Churches need to develop solid boundaries and a good reporting structure.

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

What to consider as you create plans and policies.

9 Tips for Planning a Safe VBS

How to prepare for this significant summer event.
What Do You Do with Volunteers Who Exhibit 'Gray Area' Behavior?

What Do You Do with Volunteers Who Exhibit 'Gray Area' Behavior? Member access only

Three attorneys explain how churches can respond to concerning situations involving church volunteers.
Q&A: Do Overtime Hours at Camp Qualify as an Exemption?

Q&A: Do Overtime Hours at Camp Qualify as an Exemption? Member access only

When sending part-time employees on a camp trip, think through the implications of their compensation.
A 16-Point Evaluation for Assumption of Risk Forms

A 16-Point Evaluation for Assumption of Risk Forms

Consider these key points in evaluating the validity of a release or assumption of risk form.

Inviting Teenagers to Do Church Work

Four ministries that can use their help.
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Using Social Media Safely

Using Social Media Safely Member access only

Policies to keep your church staff and members safe when using social media.
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.
Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws Member access only

State by state laws to report child abuse.
Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety

Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety Member access only

Understand and implement best practices to protect kids in your ministry.



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Protecting Your Tax-Exempt Status

Protecting Your Tax-Exempt Status Member access only

Understand the requirements of your tax-exempt status.
Sex Offenders in the Church

Sex Offenders in the Church Member access only

Legal and safety concerns to address when dealing with a sex offender.