Legal

Video: Obamacare and Your Church

XPastor's friend, The Church Law Group, regularly shares high quality videos. The video below is entitled, "Does the Affordable Care Act apply to your church?" Can you define what affordable and minimum essential coverage means? [...]

By | 2016-10-12T10:59:53+00:00 February 27th, 2014|Legal|

Copyright and the Pastor’s Sermon

Bob Smietana, in an article for Christianity Today, addresses copyright and the pastor's sermon. His article is entitled, "Who Owns the Pastor's Sermon? Church or pastor? When sermons become books that make millions in royalties, [...]

By | 2016-10-12T10:59:55+00:00 February 7th, 2014|Legal|

Video: Protect Your Sermons From Abuse

Did you know that your church is in the publishing business? Are you aware of everything that makes up Intellectual Property? Have you developed a thorough plan to protect the intellectual property of your church? Watch as David Middlebrook discusses those things [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:00:00+00:00 September 30th, 2013|Legal, Pastoral Care|

Overtime Pay in the Smartphone Era

The Fair Labor Standards Act exempts employees employed in an executive, administrative, or professional capacity from the minimum wage and overtime pay provisions. To be covered by one of these exemptions, an employee must perform [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:00:11+00:00 May 1st, 2013|Legal|

Intellectual Property Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Intellectual Property Policy of Christ Community Church of [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:00:12+00:00 April 4th, 2013|Legal, Ministry Policy|

Video: Is Your Church Having a Super Bowl® Party?

XPastor and many others have benefited from the counsel of David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony at The Church Law Group. David and Matt ask: "Can you legally show the 'Big Game' each February at your church?  Can [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:00:26+00:00 January 12th, 2013|Legal|

Communicable Disease Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and general policies. Below is a Communicable Disease Policy from Northwest Bible Church in [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:00:34+00:00 December 24th, 2012|All Policies, Legal|

Copyright Issues Affecting Churches

Think twice before singing that new worship song next Sunday or before using that scene from a popular movie as an illustration in your sermon. Believe it or not, even with the very best of [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:01:14+00:00 December 6th, 2012|Legal|

Change in Florida Sexual Abuse Law

How has the law changed? How does this change in law affect you? Will this impact other states’ laws? On April 26, 2010, Florida lawmakers passed a bill removing the statute of limitations (or time limits) for victims [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:01:17+00:00 December 6th, 2012|Legal|

Sexual Abuse Safety Issues in Ministry

In recent years, our society has begun to understand the widespread nature of child sexual abuse. Studies indicate that one female child out of every three and one male child out of seven will be [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:01:17+00:00 December 6th, 2012|Legal|

Handling Cash

Consider the following scenarios:  (1) A newspaper headline reads: “Sticky Fingered Deacon Pads Wallet with Offering Plate Funds.” Nobody wants this humiliating portrayal of their church to appear in the paper. (2) A senior pastor dreads [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:01:36+00:00 December 5th, 2012|Audits, Banking, Legal|

Is Your Data Secure?

Think for a moment. Where do you keep information about your congregants or donors? In an Excel file on someone's desktop computer? An Access database housed on your laptop? If someone were to steal your [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:01:36+00:00 December 5th, 2012|Audits, Banking, Legal|

Webcasting Church Services

Imagine holding Sunday services with an unlimited number of available seats. Imagine those seats being accessible to anyone, anywhere in the United States or world. Surprisingly, these days it’s easy to turn those dreams into [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:01:41+00:00 December 5th, 2012|Communications, Legal|

Blogging and Facebook Policy

These days it seems everyone is pushing you towards blogging, Facebook and Twitter. Whether for professional or personal reasons, it can be wise to take advantage of these emerging social networking opportunities. However, there can [...]

By | 2016-10-12T11:01:41+00:00 December 5th, 2012|All Policies, Communications, Legal|