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Have you ever had a church member ask you to testify in court on their behalf? At some time in your ministry, you will likely receive questions from a congregant requesting your attendance and testimony in their personal legal affairs. These requests can relate to a variety of legal matters. […]
A seriously contentious dispute arises between a director on a church’s board of directors and that church’s senior pastor-president about using certain funds for a church project. Despite efforts to conduct cordial, prayerful meetings, there is no resolution. Worse, the director and pastor are now alleging misappropriated funds, breach of […]
Just about every state has laws in place to protect the confidentiality of what is communicated to clergy when it is communicated for the purposes of spiritual advice and counsel. Maintaining confidentiality is crucial to a pastor’s role in supporting and serving church members. “Clergy” is often defined in the […]
How Important Is Your Statement of Faith? Practical Tips to Protect Your Ministry’s Religious Liberties
Protecting Your First Amendment Religious Liberties: Ensuring that Your Governing Documents Include a Proper Statement of Faith Hey, aren’t religious organizations like churches or private religious schools already safe from government interference? Under the First Amendment, the U.S. Constitution provides an undeniable right to the “free exercise” […]