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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” […]
Introduction. Almost 70 years ago in 1954, the United States Congress approved an amendment by then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson to prohibit 26 U.S.C. Section 501(c)(3) organizations from engaging in any “political campaign” activity. Who is included in 501(c)(3) organizations subject to the law? Churches, private schools, ministries, and other nonprofit organizations. […]