Pastor, Church & Law
Key point 10-18.4. Denominational agencies can reduce the risk of liability for the acts and obligations of affiliated churches, agencies, clergy, and lay workers by adopting risk management policies and procedures.
There are many ways for denominational agencies to reduce the risk of legal liability. Many of these are the same risk management strategies that may be employed by local churches, and they are addressed in previous sections of this chapter. Other risk management strategies are suggested in the previous subsection in which legal defenses available to denominational agencies are reviewed.
There are some risk management strategies that are unique to denominational agencies. Consider the following:
1. The Discipline of Ministers
Many denominational ...
Copyright © 2008 by Christianity Today. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review.
This content is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional service. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. "From a Declaration of Principles jointly adopted by a Committee of the American Bar Association and a Committee of Publishers and Associations."
Due to the nature of the U.S. legal system, laws and regulations constantly change. The editors encourage readers to carefully search the site for all content related to the topic of interest and consult qualified local counsel to verify the status of specific statutes, laws, regulations, and precedential court holdings.