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    How to Protect the Legal Assets of My Church

    Church leaders in Virginia need to be aware of the legal protections available to them and their organizations. By taking proactive steps to protect your church’s assets, you can safeguard your congregation’s livelihood in the event of a legal dispute. This article will discuss some key measures that you can take to protect your church’s […]

    What Should Churches Do to Avoid Discriminatory Hiring Practices?

    Churches are places of worship where people come together to find spiritual guidance, pass along religious traditions to younger generations and find comfort with a higher power. At the same time, churches are still organizations that employ a staff of individuals, from the church’s minister and youth pastors to music directors, and administrative and maintenance […]

    What Legal Concerns Should Churches Be Aware of?

    A house of worship enjoys many legal benefits that enable it to continue providing church members with regular religious and community outreach services. They often are exempt from paying a variety of taxes and benefit from constitutional protections. Those protections are not absolute, and many churches wind up litigating many legal issues. From civil disputes […]

    Why Should a Church Become Incorporated?

    Nearly every religious organization faces the question of whether to become incorporated at some point. This question typically arises when considering legal liability. Liability in unincorporated churches and religious organizations is placed on the organization’s members or congregation, which oftentimes can be quite problematic, particularly in smaller organizations with little capital or assets. Incorporating protects […]

    What is a Parsonage Allowance?

    A parsonage allowance, also known as rental or housing allowance, is a financial allotment designated by the church to its minister to offset their housing costs. Parsonage allowance is also tax-exempt from a minister’s gross income.  It is important to note that the term “minister” in this case encompasses all faiths as defined by the […]

    When Two Churches Become One: What Are the Possible Legal Issues?

    Many churches across the country are experiencing declining membership and financial hardships, made worse by the coronavirus pandemic in some instances. As a result, an increasing number of churches are turning to merge with other churches to consolidate their missions, finances, and properties for longevity and success. Church mergers are often implemented for missionary purposes, […]

    Are Virtual Church Meetings Legal?

    Your church likely requires a membership meeting at least once a year and by a certain date. During this meeting, you may need to vote on new regulations, pass a budget, and elect new leaders. You may have to schedule board meetings on a short timeframe to discuss important matters. However, what if you cannot […]

    How Do I Handle a Church Property Dispute?

    While churches are a place for worshippers to gather, it is easy to forget that they are also nonprofit organizations that are protected by the First Amendment. In addition, churches are considered property, which means they are subject to many of the same issues that affect private properties, including property taxes and the selling or […]