Reynolds Law Group Blog

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That's in our Bylaws? You're Kidding me, right?

Church planters have a lot of questions to answer before starting a new church.

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Before You Hit the Launch Button--Get Incorporated!

Before you enter into any contract or host any event as a new church, you need to make sure your new church is incorporated; otherwise, you can be found personally liable for any obligations, accidents, or mishaps.

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Federal Judge Rules Minister's Housing Allowance Tax Benefit Unconstitutional

A Federal District Court judge in Wisconsin recently ruled that a 1945 law providing incometax exemption for a minister’s housing allowance violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” The suit, brought by the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (“Plaintiffs”), argued that the law discriminates against secular employees.

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Board Members, Bids, and Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest arises when a person has a duty to more than one person or organization, but may be unable to do justice to the actual or potentially adverse interests of both parties. In the above scenario, a conflict of interest could exist between the board member’s responsibilities to his own company and to the church.

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Prioritize Children's Safety Above All Else

Before you take an offering, hold a service, or sign a contract, every church planter or campus pastor needs to take eleven key steps to sleep easier, protect the ministry, and stay out of court. Here’s step number one!

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Church Launch Legal Checklist--Before You Take an Offering, Hold a Service, Or Sign a Contract

Thinking about launching a new site, campus, or church? Walk through a few scenarios with me.

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Should a Church and Its Preschool Be Incorporated Separately?

Because the preschool/daycare is a high risk ministry involving a great number of children and presumably employees, it is likely in the church’s best interest to incorporate the two entities separately.

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Should Our Church Have Employees Sign Contracts?

Employees are often defined as either “at will” or contract employees.

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Who Should Be Driving Church-Owned or Church-Rented Vehicles?

Here are six (6) important, suggested guidelines for your church to follow in selecting drivers for church-owned or church-rented vehicles:

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What Insurance Does My Church Really Need?

Insurance can be complicated! Here’s a list of the types of insurance your church needs: