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Before You Share Your Space

What to know—and do—before opening your church to outside groups.

When a church allows outside groups to use its space, it invites opportunity and risk in too. By sharing your space, you introduce new people to your facility—people who might not otherwise come through your doors. At the same time, you expose yourself to new issues, such as how to protect against property damage, how to manage the potential tax implications of charging rent for the use of your space, and how to ensure that outsiders are safe in the event of an emergency.

A church has no legal duty to provide supervision for the use of its property by an outside group unless it maintains "control" over its premises while the outside group is present. "Control" is a technical legal term, but may include a custodial presence, and certainly would include any attempt by the church to provide supervision. Before allowing an outside group to use its property, church leaders ...

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  • January 31, 2012

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