LEGAL Archives - Church Executive


Best employment practices for houses of worship

Frank Sommerville, JD, CPA — in partnership with Church Mutual Insurance Company — discusses harassment, hiring practices, terminating employees, and wage/overtime rules compliance. Do common employment laws extend to every employee? Sommerville: Some of the laws that we’re going to talk about apply even if you have one employee, while other laws that we’re going […]

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What winter means for your church

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By Eric Spacek, JD, ARM  With winter on the horizon, you and your church need to be prepared. In addition to the cold, snow and wind, winter conditions can cause substantial damage to buildings. Even prior to winter, the fall can bring about wear and tear due to the changes in temperature and moisture levels. […]

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When to choose a fund accounting solution

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Due to the nature of their work, churches are held to a high standard of accountability by internal and external stakeholders. Without a financial solution designed to comply with non-profit accounting standards, it can be challenging to demonstrate transparency and fiscal responsibility to constituents. While commercial accounting software can be configured to meet basic financial […]

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Faith & Law: Understanding same-sex marriage and transgender law

An expert in insurance and constitutional law examines the integral role your religious organization plays in your community and how changing laws can affect you and your mission. How do cases on same-sex marriage and gender identity make it to the U.S. Supreme Court? Friedman: The Court tends to look at how things are playing […]

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Employment law pitfalls

Employment Law Attorney Sara Ackermann, in partnership with Church Mutual Insurance Company, answers your most pressing questions about wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination lawsuits in churches. In churches, a prevailing mindset regarding wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination lawsuits is, It can’t happen here. What’s the reality? Are insurers, in fact, seeing an increase in these […]

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Team up with your local law enforcement

By Brian Gleason A regular police presence at or near your school, church and/or local neighborhood is a valuable crime-prevention strategy. Here’s why. Did you know that routine patrolling of school and church grounds better positions law enforcement to act quickly when they receive a request for help? It helps build a level of comfort for […]

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A critical church-state separation case in the making

By the Church Executive editorial & leadership team Last year, Church Executive published an interview with David Middlebrook on the Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley case, which the Supreme Court had just agreed to review. (“A Supreme Court case to watch: Trinity Lutheran Church vs. Pauley,” March 18, 2016) As Middlebrook explained at the time, […]

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If you’re considering refinancing, be aware of the environmental status of your property

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By Dan Mikes Throughout my 27 years of providing financing for religious institutions, I have seen a number of instances in which all the financial and other factors were right, but the loan could not be made because the collateral (the land and buildings) was unacceptable due to environmental contamination.    While this is a […]

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When Children Are at Risk

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Proactive, proven strategies for protecting the kids in your care   Q: What are the biggest risks and liabilities facing churches in the area of protecting children? D’Ambrosio: The days are over when ordering a background check on a new volunteer was the ultimate ‘extra-mile’ effort of an ultra-careful church. Today, a background check is […]

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A critical church-state separation case in the making

Trinity Lutheran

  By the Church Executive editorial & leadership team Last year, Church Executive published an interview with David Middlebrook on the Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley case, which the Supreme Court had just agreed to review. As Middlebrook explained at the time, this case had the potential to be hugely important in defining what can […]

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