Clergy

Key rights and potential liabilities for ordained religious leaders; counseling, penitent privilege

Protecting Your Church from Lawsuits

Protecting Your Church from Lawsuits Member access only

Attorney Sally Wagenmaker offers insights on legal risks and liabilities associated with ministry in an interview with Matt Branaugh.
When Is It Wise to Pay for Legal Counsel?

When Is It Wise to Pay for Legal Counsel? Member access only

Attorney Sally Wagenmaker offers guidelines on when to consider paid professionals in an interview with Matthew Branaugh.
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.
New Jersey

Pastor Sentenced to Prison for “Sexting” Member access only

A New Jersey appeals court affirmed the prison sentence of a pastor who engaged in “sexting” and sexual contact with 14-year-old-girl.
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.
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.

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