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Considering the use of Unpaid Interns at Your Church?

September 17th, 2013

You should make sure you understand the law so you don’t find yourself facing claims and lawsuits as this is a RED HOT AREA OF THE LAW. Don’t believe it?  Check out this law firm in California that’s asking anyone who may “have held an unpaid internship during the past six years, even if you received school […]

Training Cuts Lawsuit Impact

April 17th, 2013

A crucial part of the church’s training program should include the prevention of sexual harassment.  Many churches overlook this area of risk because they do not think that it will happen in a church context. Unfortunately, the church is not immune from episodes of sexual harassment from taking place within its walls.  It is crucial […]

Know the Law and Educate your Church’s Counselors

February 22nd, 2013

A female licensed marriage counselor in Texas was found guilty of sexual assault and sentenced to ten years’ probation for using her influence as a professional counselor to coerce a client husband into having sex with her.  A couple had come to her for counseling with hope of saving their marriage.  The counselor manipulated the […]

New York Man Sues Church after 600-pound Cross Crushed Leg

November 27th, 2012

David Jimenez was so elated over his wife’s recovery from cancer that he offered to clean the large crucifix outside the Hudson Valley church where he spent many hours praying for her to beat the disease. On Memorial Day 2010, he was scrubbing grime off the cross when the 600-pound marble statuary toppled over, crushing […]

Resolving Conflicts of Interest on your Board of Directors

November 21st, 2012

Most members serving on your church’s board of directors do so because they want to serve their local church and feel as though they have valuable experience and/or insight that can help them serve the church well while finding satisfaction through their service.  This type of self-interest is not inherently bad—it can help directors feel […]

Court Upholds Sale of Polygamous Church Assets

November 13th, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a polygamist sect on the Utah-Arizona border waited too long to challenge a court-ordered takeover, clearing the way for state authorities to break up a church trust and sell assets including homes, businesses and farms in two small towns. A three-judge panel of […]

Fairfax County Church Says Sign is About Being a Good Neighbor

November 5th, 2012

“The roadside sign says we’re the Church of the Good Shepherd. That’s only part of the story. We also really try to be the Church of the Good Neighbor. As a small Methodist church in suburban Virginia, we face the multiple challenges of distinguishing ourselves as constructive members of a small community, as a center […]

Online Church Ministry Denied Exemption and Church Status

August 30th, 2012

The IRS has recently released a determination letter denying recognition of federal income tax exemption to an organization claiming to be an online church ministry.  The applicant, a nonprofit corporation, proposed to provide “Christian spiritual leadership and pastoral care to individuals and fellowships in the international community of believers” who visit its website.  The entity […]

Your Passwords: Let the Weak be Strong

August 9th, 2012

Today’s blog is reminder and cautionary tale for churches and nonprofit organizations, especially those with remote access and/or Cloud-based storage providers.  By choosing a strong password, you substantially decrease the likelihood of someone successfully hacking into your computer systems.  A strong password is generally regarded as one with a minimum of 8 characters, with 9 […]

Georgia Ban On Guns In Church Upheld In Court

August 2nd, 2012

A federal appeals court has upheld Georgia’s ban on bringing guns into places of worship.  The Rev. Jonathan Wilkins, a Baptist pastor, and a gun-rights group had argued that church members should have the right to carry guns into worship services to protect the congregation.  But the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently […]

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