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The 10 Commandments of Church Management

Apply these principles to stay legal and keep your witness intact.

The 10 Commandments of Church Management

I. Thou shalt not allow the church's intellectual property to be used for personal purposes.

Rule: Under the work for hire doctrine, any property developed within the scope of the job duties of an employee is the property of the employer.

Practice Tip: An intellectual property policy should be carefully crafted and adopted. It should address all areas of concern, such as curriculum, sermons, and music.

II. Thou shalt not have a substantial amount of revenue derived from unrelated business income.

Rule: An organization may have some unrelated business income, but too much can endanger the exempt status of the church.

Unrelated business income is generated from activities that are r egularly carried on; not substantially related to exempt purposes, and trade or business.

Practice Tip: The rules are complicated and there is an exception to every exception. Each activity must be separately analyzed. ...

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  • October 17, 2019

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