Our Featured Guest
Richard R. Hammar
Attorney, CPA & Author
Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA, and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and pastors. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and attended Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of several books, including Pastor, Church & Law, the annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide, Reducing the Risk, the biannual Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, and the Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches.
He also is the senior editor of Church Law & Tax Report, a bimonthly newsletter reviewing significant legal and tax developments for churches and clergy, and Church Finance Today, a monthly newsletter for church treasurers.
Richard has contributed articles to numerous journals and publications, including Leadership Journal, Christian Century, and Enrichment; is a frequent speaker at legal and tax conferences; has taught church law at a number of seminaries; and is often asked to consult with attorneys, CPAs, and church and denominational leaders on legal and tax issues.
He has been a lecturer at the annual Washington Nonprofit Legal and Tax Conference since 1992; addressed a National Institute of the American Bar Association on the tort liability of charitable and religious organizations; has been a featured speaker at the annual Program on Philanthropy and Law sponsored by the New York University School of Law; and has taught continuing education seminars at several institutions, including Princeton Theological Seminary and Emory University
Richard has been inducted into the church management “hall of fame” by the National Association of Church Business Administration, and has served on the boards of several prominent charities, including the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
Our Featured Guest
Pastor, Entrepreneur, Thought Leader
Rich founded unSeminary, “stuff you wish they taught you in Seminary” … a place to collect some thoughts about local church and doin’ stuff right in local church. He says, “I really am not a ‘know it all’ or ‘expert’ but really just somebody who has made a lot of mistakes in leadership and is attempting to pass along some learning so you don’t have to pay the ‘stooopid tax.'”
Rich has been involved in church leadership for over 20 years. He lead in one of the first multisite churches in North America, The Meeting House in Toronto, which became the leading multi-site church in Canada with over 4,500 people in 6 locations (today they are 17 locations with somewhere over 6,000 people attending). In addition, he served on the leadership team of Connexus Community Church in Ontario, a North Point Community Church Strategic Partner.
For seven years he served as a part of the four member Lead Team at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing communities of New Jersey. In his time with the church it grew from 1 campus to 6 and attendance grew to over 3,500 people.
He has a dual vocational background that uniquely positions him for serving churches to multiply impact. While in the marketplace, Rich founded a dot-com with two partners in the late 90’s that worked to increase value for media firms and internet service providers. He speaks at conferences like Orange, WFX and various regional multisite church events–and is featured writer on Auxano’s Vision Room, ChurchLeaders.com and MinistryBriefing.
Rich’s first book, Unreasonable Churches: 10 Churches Who Zagged When Others Zigged and Saw More Impact Because of It, is an Amazon bestseller in the Church Leadership category. It’s designed to help church leaders think a new thought and take new risks in impacting their community.