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Creating Church Internships that Meet FLSA Standards

Answers to three common questions church leaders ask.

Creating Church Internships that Meet FLSA Standards
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Many churches have started to reemphasize the importance of pastoral succession, mentoring, and training the younger generation for ministry. The Scriptures are full of examples, like Paul mentoring Timothy, and Joshua being in place and ready to lead when Moses’s time was done. The list could go on and on. One of the most common modern equivalents that churches use to train, mentor, and equip future leaders is by offering unpaid internships to future ministry prospects.

While internships are great opportunities to train and mentor, there are also important legal considerations that churches must contemplate when taking on an intern. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides the standard for wage and hour laws applicable to employers—including churches and nonprofits. There can be severe consequences to a church that does not understand the FLSA’s implications to internships. ...

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  • October 12, 2020

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