Ministry and the American Legal System: A Guide for Clergy, Lay Workers, and Congregations
Written for persons who are not lawyers, accountants, or quasi-legal specialists, this book offers congregations and religious professionals practical insight, while avoiding mere listing of rules and lengthy discussions of cases.
Part One provides an overview of the history, structure, and functioning of American law and its legal system, as these pertain to congregations, religious organizations, and professionals.
Part Two details various areas of law, such as torts, contracts, real estate transactions, employment, copyrights, and taxation, that have direct bearing on congregational life and ministerial practice.
Part Three focuses on "risk management": ways that congregations and religious organizations and professionals can improve their functioning and minimize their exposure to legal difficulties.
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The US Constitutional System
The Religion Clauses of the First Amendment
Ecclesiastical Organization and the Courts
Legal Privileges and Obligations of Clergy
Liability for Contracts and Torts
The Church as Regulated Employer
The Church as Property Owner
Purchasing Maintaining or Altering Property
Accounting for Funds and Trusts
Supervision of Children Social Events Child Care and Trips
The Counseling Relationship and Church Discipline
Weaving Law and Church Together
Constitution of the United States of America
Copyright Law and the Church
Other Government Regulation
Organization and Governance
Hiring Supervising and Firing Employees
The Church as Wagepayer
Compensation and Taxes
Conciliation Provisions for Contracts and Wills
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