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Planning the Pastor’s Retirement Package

Planning the Pastor’s Retirement Package

Use this guide to develop your pastors retirement plan for all stages of life.
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Guard Your Tongue

False statements can put churches in hot water.
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Informing the Congregation about an Embezzlement Member access only

Explaining the situation to your church without risking defamation.
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Defamation: Statements of Opinion Member access only

Statements of opinion are generally not considered defamatory.
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Avoiding Defamation Lawsuits Member access only

In some cases, even a true statement may be considered defamatory.
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Pastor Sues Former Church for Defamation Member access only

Some courts will resolve certain employment disputes between churches and clergy.
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Recent Developments in New York Regarding Libel and Slander Member access only

A New York court ruled that a religious teacher was not a "public figure" and therefore could more easily sue an organization that allegedly defamed him in one of its publications.
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Defamation of Pastors Member access only

A Louisiana court issues an important decision-Steed v. St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1999 WL 92626 (La. App. 1999)
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Can Opinions Be Defamatory? Member access only

Former music director sues church for defamation after his dismissal.
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Former Music Director's Defamation Claim Dismissed Member access only

Truth is nearly always a defense to defamation.
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Church Member's Defamation Suit Dismissed Member access only

Defamation usually cannot be proved without evidence of a false statement.
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Pastor Sues Church for Discrimination and Defamation Member access only

Courts are prevented from applying employment laws to churches and ministers.
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Defamation Via Email Member access only

Think before you "send."
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Malicious Statements Member access only

Court rules that committee's statements are protected by "qualified privilege."
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Informing Church Members of Disciplinary Action Member access only

Court refuses to resolve expelled member's defamation claim.
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Defamation Claim Against Church Member access only

Courts may resolve church disputes if they can do so without inquiring into church doctrine.
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Recent Developments in Ohio Regarding Church Membership Member access only

An Ohio court ruled that it had no authority to review a church's decision to dismiss a member.
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Recent Developments in Louisiana Regarding Libel and Slander Member access only

A Louisiana court ruled that it could resolve a priest's claim that he had been defamed by statements church officials made to the media.
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Recent Developments in Ohio Regarding Libel and Slander Member access only

An Ohio court ruled that a letter addressed by a church official to "members and friends" of the church, in which he explained why the church board dismissed a church secretary, might have been defamatory.
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Defamation and Church Clergy Member access only

A church's protection from defamation lawsuits.
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Lawsuits by Dismissed Clergy  Member access only

A Texas court ruled that it was barred by the First Amendment from resolving a lawsuit brought against a church by a dismissed youth director.
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