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Youth/Children's WorkerWeekly Lessons

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 December 9

Prayer at Graduation Ceremonies Subscriber access only

Introduction

This week we turn our attention to prayer at graduation ceremonies. Start by completing the following quiz. Then review the Executive Summary for the key points on this topic, or read the ...

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Articles

A Spouse's Travel Expenses Subscriber access only

The Equal Access Act Subscriber access only

Freedom of Religion Subscriber access only

What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements

What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements Subscriber access only

How does recently passed legislation affect your church?
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.
What Do You Do with Volunteers Who Exhibit 'Gray Area' Behavior?

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

Consider these key points in evaluating the validity of a release or assumption of risk form.
Defending Youth Ministries from 8 Critical Risks

Defending Youth Ministries from 8 Critical Risks Subscriber access only

From communication to transportation, preventive action is paramount.
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Youth Ministry in a #MeToo Culture

Youth Ministry in a #MeToo Culture Subscriber 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 Subscriber access only

Did you know pastors and other church staff may be required by law to report child abuse and that laws on this vary state by state?
Draw the Line: Relational Boundaries for Safe Youth Ministry

Draw the Line: Relational Boundaries for Safe Youth Ministry Subscriber access only

Proactively protect the students, leaders, and pastors at your church.
Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety

Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety Subscriber access only

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

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Understanding Unrelated Business Income

Understanding Unrelated Business Income Subscriber access only

Richard Hammar explains how to compute and report unrelated business income.
Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety

Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety Subscriber access only

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