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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
Why That “Gift” to Your Pastor Requires Caution
Churches often bless their ministers with gifts—here are the tax- and compensation-related issues to note.
Busted Pipes, Busted Budgets: Fighting Back Against Winter’s Hidden Risks
Eye-popping property damage insurance claims show why churches even in warmer states need to prepare and respond when winter weather looms large.
Every Church Is at Risk for Fraud. Here’s Why.
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
A closer look at the men and women who steal from churches—and the red flags leaders should watch for.
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
Agency announces new direct forgiveness portal, removal of necessity questionnaires.
Key Loan Forgiveness Program Change May Help Church Workers with Student Debt
Education department expands eligibility after 2017 Trinity Lutheran decision—but acceptance is still no certainty.
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.
5 Church Compensation Insights Heading into 2021
Churches and Religious Freedoms Laws: A 50-State Survey
Orienting church leaders on the key federal and state laws and court decisions affecting religious exercise.