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  • Category: Church

    Why Do I Need a Lawyer When Drafting Church Bylaws?

    A formally organized church enjoys many great benefits, including greatly reduced tax liabilities. Formal organization requires more than simply picking a religious leader, choosing a religious location, and posting times of worship. A formally organized church needs a charter with bylaws that help to determine governance and general rules of operation. An experienced lawyer can […]

    How can I Legally Prepare My Church for Growth?

    Every minister’s goal is to show people salvation. Seeing more people realize their faith and developing stronger relationships are signs they are succeeding in their ministry. That may also mean the church is growing. Like any business, a growing church presents challenges that the leader of the organization needs to tackle. There are many important […]

    How can an Attorney Help with the Business Needs of a Church?

    Religious institutions of all faiths are generally structured as nonprofit organizations. Many of these entities are registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as 501(c)(3) organizations. Due to this, they are subject to specific business and accounting standards and responsibilities. Even smaller churches that are not registered with the IRS are considered nonprofits by their […]

    Houses of Worship, Denominational Groups Eligible for New Security Grants

    New funding from the Department of Homeland Security will allow houses of worship, nonprofits, and faith group to apply for grant money to bolster on-site security and planning. Through the Department’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program, organizations can request up to $150,000 to hire more security personnel, install cameras around facilities, training, and safety planning. Local […]

    Why are Ministries and Churches Tax-Exempt Institutions?

    In the United States, there are over 300,000 religious congregations that ascribe to Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhism, and other faiths, according to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research center. All of the 300,000 places of worship fall under the tax-exempt code for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), referred to as 501(c)(3). This code also applies […]

    Why Does a Church Need an Attorney?

    Religious institutions of all faiths are generally structured as nonprofit entities and are subject to specific business and accounting standards and responsibilities. Even smaller churches are considered nonprofits because they operate for religious purposes. Any type of religious organization can benefit from legal counsel. While it may seem odd for a church to be involved […]

    What Should I Consider When Forming a Church Board?

    For a church to maintain its non-profit status, they must have an oversight board. This board is mainly in charge of ensuring that the ministry is financially stable and is fulfilling its core mission. Members need to be chosen carefully, dedicate themselves to the church’s mission, and educate others on important church topics. Church boards […]

    How can I Protect My Church’s Assets?

    Handling your church’s finances can be difficult and unique challenges may arise. There are many churches that have lost valuable assets because they did not have the right legal protection or the correct people handling their accounts. Dishonesty and fraud are two common occurrences that happen within the finances of all organizations, including churches. Churches […]