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Planning the Pastor’s Retirement Package

Planning the Pastor’s Retirement Package

Use this guide to develop your pastor's retirement plan for all stages of life.
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Is Your Data Left Unguarded?

Assessment: Take this free quiz to see if your church is protecting its data from thieves.
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Expectation of Secrecy Member access only

Court rules that murderer waived his right to the privilege.
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Confidentiality During Spiritual Counsel Member access only

Only statements made in the course of seeking spiritual counsel are protected by the privilege.
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Understanding the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

Not all conversations with a pastor are protected against future disclosure.
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Clergy-Penitent Privilege Invalid in Murder Case Member access only

Deacon allowed to testify about murder suspect's confession.
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Inspecting Church Records  Member access only

Most state nonprofit corporation laws give members a legal right to inspect corporate records for a "proper purpose."
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Clergy-Penitent Privilege and Confidentiality Member access only

In many states, the presence of third persons during a conversation with a minister will prevent the conversation from being privileged.
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Clergy-Penitent Privilege and Observations Member access only

Ministers can be compelled to testify regarding their "observations" or general impressions of a counselee's demeanor.
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Does the Presence of a Third Party Negate Penitent Privilege? Member access only

Definitions of roles, and state laws, factor heavily in this question.
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Clergy-Penitent Privilege in Court Cases Member access only

The clergy-penitent privilege may be lost if a counselee seeks out a minister for spiritual counsel in the presence of one or more third persons.
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Communication Between Pastors and Denominational Officers Member access only

Not every conversation between clergy and denominational officials is protected by the clergy-penitent privilege.
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Disclosing Confidential Statements in Court  Member access only

A Military court ruled that a confession made by a soldier to his pastor was protected by the clergy-penitent privilege despite the presence of the soldier's wife during some of the counseling.
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Membership and Reviewing Church Records Member access only

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that church members who lost their membership lost their right as members to inspect church records.
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