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Churches are vulnerable and unprotected because the policies, processes, and bylaws that protect the church are outdated and time consuming. Church leaders need a simple, affordable, expert way to protect their churches with good policies and procedures. Law and Church is a weekly podcast presented by The Church Law Group, and hosted by pastor and attorney Josh Bryant. We interview prominent church leaders from around the country including Dr. Thom Rainer, Jim Sheppard, and more to discover how we can better lead our churches in policy, process, and risk management while we strive to advance the gospel of Christ in a legally compliant and safe way.

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Churches are vulnerable and unprotected because the policies, processes, and bylaws that protect the church are outdated and time consuming. Church leaders need a simple, affordable, expert way to protect their churches with good policies and procedures. Law and Church is a weekly podcast presented by The Church Law Group, and hosted by pastor and attorney Josh Bryant. We interview prominent church leaders from around the country including Dr. Thom Rainer, Jim Sheppard, and more to discover how we can better lead our churches in policy, process, and risk management while we strive to advance the gospel of Christ in a legally compliant and safe way.

    Better Unity

    Better Unity

    Jesus prayed for unity in the church in John 17. Paul admonished Christians to resolve their disputes within the church rather than in court. I know of very few churches that are prepared to resolve disputes within the body.

    1. Better unity requires better theology.

    2. Better unity requires pastoral involvement.

    3. Better unity involves outside help.

    4. Get an arbitration contract.

    • 59 min
    Better Processes

    Better Processes

    Three Questions Every Church Process Must Answer

    1. Why are we doing this?

    2. What are we doing?

    3. How are we going to do it?

    Notice this is not a policy. Remember, a policy has a basis in law, ethics, or your bylaws, an objective, procedures it governs, and Scripture supporting it. Each of these elements but the procedures the policy governs at least speak into the first question of your policy: why?

    Get a free course: Church Policy, Process, and Protection.

    • 21 min
    Four Components of Better Church Policies

    Four Components of Better Church Policies

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    Four Components of Better Church Policies

    BOPS

    1. Your policy must have a Basis.

    2. Your policy must have an Objective.

    3. Your policy must refer to Procedures that it governs.

    4. Your policy must contain Scripture that supports the objective.

    • 24 min
    Churches in Church

    Churches in Church

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    • 27 min
    Three Major Legal Issues for Churches in 2020

    Three Major Legal Issues for Churches in 2020

    There are three major legal issues to consider this year that will help make your church better.

    Pay. The Department of Labor has changed its salary thresholds for exempt and non-exempt employees. Here’s what you need to know. Right now, anyone who makes under $23,660 per year must be paid hourly and given overtime, for the most part. Starting January 1, that number goes up to $35,568 per year or $684 per week. Church employees must be paid a salary of at least that amount and meet certain duties to be exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Department of Labor estimates that more than a million workers will get a raise in January, and I already know of several churches who are working through making the necessary adjustments. Churches in some states will not be affected. Alaska, California, and New York already have higher salary requirements. Washington State and Pennsylvania are considering higher levels.
    Bylaws. I’m going to keep harping on bylaws. They are a necessary evil in the world right now. If we don’t follow our bylaws, the courts can get involved and tell us what to do. We must have a good set of bylaws. Get our free sample at www.churchbylawsbook.com.
    Politics. We’ve got to stay out of politics as best we can. We must preach the truth of God’s Word and we don’t need to shy away from talking about the same things politicians are talking about. However, we can’t get involved in partisanship.
    Get sample bylaws and a sneak peek at Josh Bryant's new book Bylaws and Business Meetings: Turning Pains to Gains at www.ChurchBylawsBook.com.

    Join the Law and Church Group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/LawAndChurch.

    Get an up to date payroll guide at https://www.thechurchlawgroup.com/payroll--job-classification.html.

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    • 23 min
    5 Ethical Issues to Make Your Church Better in 2020

    5 Ethical Issues to Make Your Church Better in 2020

    There are five things to consider when making organizational decisions to ensure that the church conducts itself ethically. You can remember them with the acronym CIVIC.

    Commission- We are not acting ethically if we are not fulfilling the commission Jesus gave to the church to make disciples.
    Integrity - The Bible says “let your yes be yes and your no be no.” What implicit or explicit agreements do we have and how will a decision break or fulfill those commitments?
    Value - What brings value to God?
    Impact - Our decisions should impact the world. Who will be impacted by any decision we make? Have we gotten their input?
    Citizenship - We are part of our communities. What would make your church the best citizen possible?
    Download our free decision guide at www.TheChurchLawGroup.com/DecisionGuide.

    Get access to our CLEATs library at https://www.thechurchlawgroup.com/cleats.html.

    Check out the Citizen Church blog at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/citizenchurch.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

Jrustyrich ,

New Day

Our churches exist in a culture that we have never had before. Josh Bryan gives current, needed and practical information on how to navigate in these complicated times.

CrosswordWizard ,

Outstanding Direction on legal challenges of the church

Josh Bryant does an outstanding job as both a practicing attorney & former church staff of the current legal risks & challenges in this dark world that face churches today.

15crappie ,

Documenting Processes

I could not agree more. As a retired Controller in the business world, I always pounded the table for my subordinates to document their work process. This was necessary to make sure every day functions were carried out in the same way no matter who was doing the work.

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