LEGAL Archives - Church Executive


The Employee Retention Credit: an overview for ministries

By Mark Landrigan, CPA Nonprofit churches, schools, colleges, camps and ministries are among those who could benefit from a payroll tax credit that offers financial relief during the coronavirus pandemic. Here is an overview of the federal Employee Retention Credit, its eligibility requirements, and how to claim the credit. What is the ERC? The Employee […]

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A house built on sand: 5 hidden exposures for churches

Save your parish from common, costly claims with proper preparation and protection By Shawn Yingling The historic events of the past 12 months have deeply impacted religious organizations everywhere. Chances are, you’ve had to find new ways to share scripture while social distancing, learn how respond to an increasing need for community assistance, and adapt […]

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SEMINARIES AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE RISK: Equipping ministry leaders

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS continue to make headlines, and subsequent media coverage indicates that ministry leaders tend to be unprepared for child sexual abuse issues. Unfortunately, this lack of awareness is not unusual. Earlier articles in this series introduced topics that church leaders must understand and apply, if children are […]

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Who will make your decisions if you are medically incapacitated?

By Matthew D. Hoffman, CFP®, ChFC® If you become incapacitated by either illness or injury, who will make your decisions?  This is something that we don’t normally think about, especially if we are young and healthy. But even though it might be a bit unsettling to picture yourself becoming incapacitated, it is a stark reality, […]

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April is Abuse Prevention Month: avoiding mistakes — especially related to reporting — plays a major role

FALSE ALLEGATIONS: An Uncommon Occurrence By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris As sexual abuse attorneys working in the realm of sexual abuse and assault for more than three decades, we provide guidance to organizations and individuals who are navigating sexual abuse issues. In the majority of scenarios, an underlying allegation has come to light which […]

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PASSION PROJECT: The EasterNow app is a labor of love for its creators

  In 1999, as part of their student ministry efforts, Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris began sending text messages to a small group of students, walking them through the events of Passion Week. Their intent was to illustrate each event’s seamless connection to Old Testament prophecy. The response was profound. By 2016, more than 15,000 […]

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GuideOne Insurance announces alliance with MinistrySafe and Abuse Prevention Systems

West Des Moines, IA, Feb. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GuideOne Insurance today announced its alliance with MinistrySafe and Abuse Prevention Systems (APS), leaders in child sexual abuse prevention training and risk management. This relationship will bring discounted access to sexual abuse prevention trainings and resources to GuideOne Insurance’s policyholders in the religious organization, nonprofit and […]

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What the second round of PPP loans means for churches — and how to secure funding

  After much political drama, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) has been approved by Congress and signed by the President. It includes $284 billion dollars for a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans for which churches and nonprofits are eligible to apply through participating banks. Your banker might be slow to begin […]

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Managing the added expenses involved with reopening your church

As we begin the new year, the country will already have witnessed health care workers and others receiving the first vaccines developed to protect us against COVID-19. It is a testament to science — and, I believe, a miracle — that a vaccine has been developed so swiftly.  Nevertheless, it will be later this year […]

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PEER-TO-PEER CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE RISK: Protecting Children from Other Children

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Where child sexual abuse is concerned, peer-to-peer abuse provides the curveball of sexual abuse risk. To recognize and address it properly, a ministry must be watching for it. Common fact patterns Peer-to-peer sexual abuse — children molesting or abusing other children — unfolds in predictable patterns. Some years ago, […]

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