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Politics and Your Church

February 25, 2014 8:00 AM

Editor's note: A church newsletter recently featured an invitation to a luncheon for a political candidate, who is also a deacon at the church, and this raised concerns that the church isn't following the IRS restriction for tax exempt...

Do Pastors Own Sermons?

February 13, 2014 8:00 AM

Christianity Today explores the topic of who owns a pastor's sermon in its January/February issue. Churches and pastors may find this subject difficult to discuss, especially when sales of published sermons start to significantly add up. Frank Sommerville, ManagingYourChurch.com's...

Commission Recommends: Loosen Church's Political Speech Restrictions

November 5, 2013 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: Michael Batts is an Editorial Advisor for the Church Law & Tax Group, which publishes ManagingYourChurch.com. Michael also served as the chairman of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations. Richard Hammar, senior editor of...

5 Tech Tools to Manage Pastoral Ministry

January 31, 2013 3:05 PM

I'd like to share with you some technological tools I use to help accomplish the responsibilities and demands for my ministry as a pastor. I pray that it will be helpful for you in your stewardship of time. 1....

Your Turn: Will Your Church Get Political?

October 11, 2012 8:00 AM

With Election Day less than a month away, discussion about the role of churches in the political realm remains robust across the country. Last week's "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," conducted by the Alliance Defending Freedom, drew nearly 1,500 participating churches, the...

The Politics of Religion

August 27, 2012 8:00 AM

We've recently looked at the political activity of churches. In the upcoming September/October 2012 edition of Church Law & Tax Report, Rich Hammar revisits what the Internal Revenue Service says is--and isn't--allowed by churches when it comes to political candidates...

Should Churches Be Involved in Politics?

July 2, 2012 8:00 AM

On Father’s Day, numerous churches in Maine used their offering time to take up collections for a political action committee (PAC) campaigning against a same-sex marriage referendum on that state’s ballot. An article on ChristianityToday.com points out such an...

Is a Confession to a Pastor Always Confidential?

April 5, 2012 8:00 AM

A child sexual assault case in Michigan has garnered national interest in recent weeks because the evidence used to bring criminal charges against the alleged perpetrator included testimony from his pastor. A county judge deemed the inclusion of the...

Endorsing Candidates from the Pulpit

October 4, 2011 8:00 AM

This past Sunday, the Alliance Defense Fund expected nearly 500 church pastors nationwide to participate in "Pulpit Freedom Sunday." The event, organized for four consecutive years by ADF, is designed to challenge a 1954 amendment to the 501( c)...

Who Owns a Pastor's Sermons?

September 19, 2011 8:00 AM

Most clergy would be shocked to learn that their sermons are works made for hire that are owned by their employing church, and that their sermons cannot be used in any other churches with which they are later employed without...

10 to Remember From 2010

December 20, 2010 8:00 AM

As 2010 comes to a close, it’s time to get all nostalgic and look back at the year that was. That includes reviewing the articles that interested readers throughout the year. Based on Internet traffic patterns, these 10 articles from...

Endorsing Political Candidates from the Pulpit

October 26, 2010 8:00 AM

A majority of pastors believe churches should not publicly endorse political candidates, a new LifeWay Research survey shows. Phone interviews conducted randomly in early October with 1,000 church pastors, ministers, and priests revealed 70 percent strongly disagreed and 14...