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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 June 16

Securities Law Violations Member access only

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of Securities Law Violations. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing ...

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Articles

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

Preventing Abuse in Youth Ministries

Churches need to develop solid boundaries and a good reporting structure.
What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements

What Churches Should Know About New Child Abuse Protection Requirements Member 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? 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.
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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

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?
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.
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

Experience a whole new way to set compensation. Eliminate the guesswork – get access to detailed compensation reports in just minutes.

Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards Member access only

Be aware of ways you can expose yourself to personal legal liability.
Benevolence Fund Basics

Benevolence Fund Basics Member access only

Help your church develop a tax-compliant benevolence ministry.