Video Series

Religious Land Use & The Church: A Virtual Roundtable

A virtual roundtable of attorneys discusses an often overlooked religious land use law.

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) was passed unanimously in 2000 by the US Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. But nearly 25 years later, many church leaders remain unaware of how this law can help them avoid—or at least navigate—challenges posed by governments, agencies, and associations regarding the purchase or use of property for worship and other religious purposes.

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This virtual roundtable, featuring attorneys Midgett Parker, John Mauck, Noel Sterrett, and Eric Treene, explores why every church should understand the ins and outs of this valuable law, even if your congregation has yet to experience any obstacles from local government or zoning officials or neighborhood associations. It is conveniently set up in five segments for church leaders to watch either individually or as a board, committee, or leadership team.

In addition, Matthew Branaugh, an attorney and editor for Church Law & Tax, shares two video case studies regarding how RLUIPA helped two pastors successfully overcome obstacles presented by their local officials.

To get the most out of the roundtable, we suggest you download this PDF. It will help guide you through the video series and offer helpful notes and highlights for future reference.

Segment 1: Roundtable Introduction

Segment 2: The History of RLUIPA

Segment 3: Key Provisions of RLUIPA

Segment 4: RLUIPA Resources

Segment 5: How RLUIPA May Help Your Church in the Future

Case Study 1: Christian Fellowship Centers

Case Study 2: City Walk Urban Mission

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