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New JerseyNew Jersey

Volunteer Youth Leader Sentenced to Five Years for Molesting Teen Girl Member access only

Case illustrates high-risk behaviors that should alert churches to the potential for sexual abuse.
New MexicoNew Mexico

New Mexico Court: Child Abuse Reporting Laws Did Not Apply to Pastor’s Testimony Member access only

The defendant in this case was protected by both the clergy-penitent privilege and state statute.
VirginiaVirginia

Court Can Resolve Church Dispute over the Election of a New Pastor Member access only

Such intervention is allowed if the court does not address religious doctrine or polity.
Churches and Political Activities
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Churches and Political Activities

Understanding how a church's tax-exempt status is affected—or not—when it supports or opposes candidates, distributes voter guides, advocates for certain issues, and more.
How Various Political Activities Might Affect Tax-Exempt Status
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How Various Political Activities Might Affect Tax-Exempt Status Member access only

A helpful chart weighing what’s permitted and what’s prohibited for churches, based on IRS guidance.
The Tax Implications of Churches and Political Involvement

The Tax Implications of Churches and Political Involvement Member access only

Sorting through the IRS rules and guidance regarding political campaigns and legislative lobbying.
Politics, the Church, and Constitutional Protections

Politics, the Church, and Constitutional Protections Member access only

The Johnson Amendment and other tax laws try to limit activities by churches that intersect with politics—but the Constitution offers more cover than many pastors and leaders realize.
New JerseyNew Jersey

Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to Five Years for Violating Megan’s Law Member access only

This case underscores four vulnerabilities creating risks, including the failure to consistently enforce an abuse-prevention policy.
TexasTexas

Intentional and Grossly Negligent Acts Negate Release Forms Member access only

A Texas appellate court says a signed release form didn’t bar an injured soccer player from pursuing an assault lawsuit.
The Dangers of a Quiet Governance Change

The Dangers of a Quiet Governance Change Member access only

Subtly shifting who has authority to make key decisions in your church may make sense—but may also erode congregational trust.
Key Tax Dates April 2022

Key Tax Dates April 2022

Filing returns, key quarterly deadlines, exemptions, and more.