Legal Considerations for Your Church
What you don't know about security and liability for your church members could make you a lawsuit statistic. The following resources can help you manage the legal side of church business.
Housing Allowance Ruling Overturned
A Federal Court has overturned a lower court’s 2013 ruling on clergy housing allowances. Richard Hammar, AG legal counsel and leading church law expert, discusses the decision and its implications for ministers.
Five Things to Know About the Housing Allowance Ruling
Richard Hammar, AG Legal Counsel and leading church law expert, offers five things ministers need to know about the Western District Federal Court ruling on ministerial housing allowance.
7 Things Church Leaders Need to Know about the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Rulings
Richard Hammar, AG Legal Counsel and leading church law expert, offers seven things church leaders need to know about the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage rulings.
Helping to Manage the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse in the Church
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Legal, Tax and Risk Management Resources
ChurchLawToday.com is a web site operated by Richard Hammar, an attorney, CPA, and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy. Richard Hammar also serves as Legal Counsel for the Assemblies of God. Listed here are some of the topics for which resources are available from the ChurchLawToday.com bookstore.
Screening Children's Ministry Volunteers
Just one lawsuit against a church can be devastating to the church, the community, and the children and family involved.
Conducting Criminal Records Checks on Volunteer Workers
An overview by Richard Hammar (Legal counsel to the General Council of the Assemblies of God) of "Volunteer Select Plus," a national screening service that can provide churches with low-cost criminal records checks.
Articles on Liability and Legal Issues
Churches Act Pre-Emptively To Reduce Risk Of Abuse
Assemblies of God churches and organizations are taking additional steps to examine their responsibility in acting preemptively and preventatively in order to protect children from harm.
Tips on Reducing Legal Risk
Addresses the legality behind church issues, including pastoral counseling, negligent supervision and child abuse reporting.
Ten Deadly Lawsuits of the Church
Christianity Today article.
Christians and Lawsuits
George Wood, General Secretary of the Assemblies of God, addresses the question "What position does the Assemblies of God take in regard to Christians and lawsuits?"
Are You An "Innocent" Thief?
Abuses of the copyright law exist primarily in the area of music, but the principle also holds true for Christian drama, Bible studies, or any other printed material we use. Such things should not be duplicated without permission.
Children's and Youth Workers: Your Legal Liability
In recent years hundreds of churches have been sued because of child abuse or molestation occurring in church youth or children’s programs. What can a church do to reduce the chances that such a tragedy will occur? While an answer to such a complex legal question is far beyond the scope of this article, let me make a few observations.
Defining sexual harassment and ways churches can reduce the risk of sexual harassment claims.
Legal Implications Of Child Abuse
Incidents of molestation can occur in any church. This article will alert church leaders to the seriousness of this risk and help them implement a preventive-maintenance program.
Liability and Church Security
Concerned about unsupervised children in your church? Uncertain on what insurance will and will not cover? Is a partner or sister church renting your church building for services? You need to know about your lawful liability.