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Matthew J. Branaugh

Matthew J. Branaugh

Matthew J. Branaugh

Matthew Branaugh is an attorney, and the content editor for Church Law & Tax at Christianity Today. He leads an award-winning team of editors and designers with the planning, creation, and publishing of ChurchLawAndTax.com and numerous print and digital resources.

Matthew earned his juris doctor (JD) with honors from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

One of his favorite job duties is to interact with church leaders from across the country. He also serves as the president of Christian Legal Society’s New England chapter.

Recent Articles by Matthew J. Branaugh View All

Every Church Is at Risk for Fraud. Here’s Why.
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Every Church Is at Risk for Fraud. Here’s Why. Member access only

Church Law & Tax’s nationwide survey shows churches of all sizes, ages, and locations are susceptible to financial misconduct.
Loved and Trusted: What Shocks Us Most About Fraud Perpetrators
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Loved and Trusted: What Shocks Us Most About Fraud Perpetrators Member access only

A closer look at the men and women who steal from churches—and the red flags leaders should watch for.
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RLUIPA Case Study: City Walk Urban Mission

How one religious organization successfully navigated zoning codes.
SBA’s PPP Changes May Help Churches with Loan Forgiveness
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SBA’s PPP Changes May Help Churches with Loan Forgiveness

Agency announces new direct forgiveness portal, removal of necessity questionnaires.
Key Loan Forgiveness Program Change May Help Church Workers with Student Debt
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Key Loan Forgiveness Program Change May Help Church Workers with Student Debt Member access only

Education department expands eligibility after 2017 Trinity Lutheran decision—but acceptance is still no certainty.
Religious Freedom Protection Expanded in South Dakota and Montana
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Religious Freedom Protection Expanded in South Dakota and Montana

Twenty-three states now require their governments to meet higher standards whenever they “substantially burden” religious exercise.
Churches and Religious Freedoms Laws: A 50-State Survey
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Churches and Religious Freedoms Laws: A 50-State Survey Member access only

Orienting church leaders on the key federal and state laws and court decisions affecting religious exercise.
Will Our Church Get Sued for Reopening?
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Will Our Church Get Sued for Reopening? Member access only

How church leaders should weigh the potential legal liabilities associated with public gatherings during the pandemic.
Poll: Two-Thirds of Churches Report Sizable Giving Declines Since Coronavirus Shutdown
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Poll: Two-Thirds of Churches Report Sizable Giving Declines Since Coronavirus Shutdown

Leaders also report numerous steps taken to curb expenses during sudden downturn.