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Employment Dispute Ruling Reinforces Church Decisions about Hiring and Firing

Employment Dispute Ruling Reinforces Church Decisions about Hiring and Firing Member access only

Seventh Circuit: Churches, not courts, should determine ministerial nature of roles.
The Top 5 Reasons Churches Went to Court in 2018

The Top 5 Reasons Churches Went to Court in 2018

Child sexual abuse is again the most common reason.
Who Can Sign Church Documents?

Who Can Sign Church Documents? Member access only

A recent court case offers insights and warnings for giving signatory authority.
Child Abuse Claims Again the Top Reason Churches Go to Court

Child Abuse Claims Again the Top Reason Churches Go to Court Member access only

Analysis of 2017 data shows insurance disputes, zoning issues also remain among the top problems.
Five Lessons from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Five Lessons from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Member access only

How church leaders should respond as public revulsion for child-abuse scandals grows.
Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling and Religious Freedom

Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling and Religious Freedom Member access only

This case and two others reflect the complexities of issues related to public accommodation.
Protecting Your Church from Cyber Threats

Protecting Your Church from Cyber Threats Member access only

Three experts discuss the tactics targeting churches—and why leaders must remain vigilant.
Encouraging Estate Gifts in Your Church

Encouraging Estate Gifts in Your Church Member access only

Ways to effectively—and legally—promote this form of giving.
How to Create a Church Culture of Accountability in the #MeToo Era

How to Create a Church Culture of Accountability in the #MeToo Era Member access only

Four strategies for responding to abuse victims and survivors.
Why Every Church Needs a Sexual Harassment Policy

Why Every Church Needs a Sexual Harassment Policy Member access only

The growing numbers of allegations highlight the need for appropriate responses.
Liability for Calling Church Employees on Their Cell Phones

Liability for Calling Church Employees on Their Cell Phones Member access only

Family of woman killed in fatal car accident caused by pastor claimed it was due to “negligent distraction.”

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