Staying Legal

Staying Legal
Whoever said, “The church is not a business?”  Maybe not – but we must do church business in a business-like manner.  Liability issues are now the church’s biggest threat [not the IRS]. We will do well to structure rightly so as to avoid lawsuits and allegations of impropriety. Minutes and Church Policies are our best defense.

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Written to give a complete and comprehensive overview of Church Administration, and is helpful to every church regardless of size. Endorsed by 3 CPA’s, an EA, two attorney’s, and fifteen well-known Christian pastors and leaders, It was updated for the 11th time in January of 2011, and is completely up to date!

This Manual will enable you to economically, and easily form your own non-profit corporation, with sample Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. The “How To” steps make it simple.  This Manual help with forming your Church based on Biblical By-Laws

You have a corporation – but do you know “How To” do the church business? Contains more than 100 sample Minutes and Church Policies, enabling you to easily develop your church policies, and legally “catch-up” your incomplete Corporate Minute Book.

Insurance companies are now requiring the church do background checks, and have developed written policies, otherwise they will not insure you for allegations of Sexual Misconduct. Contains sample church policies and forms to interview the applicant.

This handbook addresses many of the legal and IRS issues that church leaders face in the handling of every day church business. And to avoid personal financial liability, MUST be aware of these things.

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Legal Requirements for Board Meetings – COMING SOON

There is a fear of the IRS, and in may cases, rightfully so.  But the IRS cannot just arbitrarily “Come in” and investigate a church, unless they have a very good reason to do so.  EG – if the church withholds payroll taxes and then does not report and send those monies in  – this WILL get the IRS in bed with the church, and they [the IRS] will then have their reason to look at everything else

In most states, the church is required to obtain Workmen’s Compensation insurance for their employees and ministers. All to often however, churches engage people to perform work and choose to pay them “under the table,” or misclassify them as “Independent contractors.” This is usually done to minimize the churches record keeping.

Church policies will help us to protect our sheep from satan’s influence and attacks, and are developed when we have thought through the “What if’s,” about any issue. This is called, “Taking thought beforehand.”  [2 Cor 8:19-21 Amp Version]

The church can do and say a great deal during an election, about the issues, but not  about the candidates.  We explain in this article what you can and should do, and cannot say and or do.

This is not a new subject, but I find that most churches are [for the most part] blissfully unaware of the HIPAA law, and it’s ramifications for the church.  This law actually came into effect on April 14, 2003, so as I said this is not a new issue at all.   Following is a bit of information you really need to be aware of.

The greatest concern for the church is liability. Even before calamity [lawsuits] strike us, we should be equipped to respond on a Biblical basis. As regards church discipline, we can only do what is clearly defined in our By-Laws.