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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Sound Rooms

Volume 2 . Chapter 7 . § 7-20.6
Key Point 7-20.6. Many churches have installed sound rooms on their property to centralize and enhance to audio quality of worship services and special events. Sound rooms involve unique legal risks that must be recognized and managed.

Many churches have sound rooms in which a volunteer or employee operates and controls sound equipment during religious services and other events. Such rooms are often enclosed, and are magnets for minors who are attracted to the technical equipment. A number of cases of child molestation have occurred in church sound rooms. Often, the sound technician invites minors to "assist" him in operating the equipment, and arranges "training" at times when the room is isolated and unsupervised. It is a perfect arrangement ...

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