Reynolds Law Group Blog
Posts by Glenn Reynolds

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Avoid Mission Creep: A Board's First Priority

According to Inc.com, the Massachusetts Bay colony formed Harvard College to “prepare ministers of upright character” for service as clergymen in a variety of churches—from congregational to unitarian. There’s no doubt that Harvard ranks as one the world’s premier universities; it’s also clear that Harvard no longer exists to fulfill the mission of training ministers that will prevent an “illiterate ministry to the churches when our present ministers shall lie in the dust.”

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Board Members, Fiduciary Duties, and Staying Out of the News

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability ousted a Chicago megachurch from its membership because the church’s board failed to exercise appropriate control and oversight of the church’s finances, resulting in over a million dollars being spent inappropriately. As a result, all five members of the church’s executive committee of the board of directors resigned. The board had previously terminated the pastor’s employment.

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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.