Church Law

Pastors and church leaders in America face challenges that are increasing in scope and impact. Whether we're talking issues of cultural dynamics and the church or need-to-know information about everyday operations, the legal issues impacting churches aren't going away. Listen to the Church Law podcast to gain real life insights from a real lawyer who does this work everyday. You'll gain key insights to help your church in this critical time, and learn the pitfalls to avoid. All straight from The Church Attorney® along with some special guests!

Religion & Spirituality
How a Legal Audit Can Strengthen Your Church
New laws, regulations, and court decisions create new complexities and legal liabilities. Here’s how regular check-ups can minimize challenges for church leaders.
26 min
Addiction, Shame, and a Church Merger
Recognizing hurts and hang-ups that can trigger moral failures in church ministry.
31 min
Building a Healthy Leadership Culture in Your C...
Avoiding the toxic dynamics among and between a church’s pastors, boards, and senior staff leaders that can hamper fulfilling the church’s God-given vision and mission—and can create legal troubles.
27 min
Building a Culture of Safety and Security in Ch...
How church leaders can proactively assess their church’s vulnerabilities and needs and respond—while also fulfilling their missions.
25 min
Supporting and Strengthening Mental Health in C...
Fostering well-being holistically with leaders and congregants can rejuvenate spiritual health—and help reduce legal liabilities.
26 min
Helping Pastors Get Financially Healthy, with g...
Why good compensation, benefits, and retirement planning can go a long way in reducing stress and avoiding crisis.
22 min
Healthy Leaders, Healthy Churches, Reduced Lega...
From pastoral burnout to budgeting decisions and counseling ministries, churches that prioritize the right things minimize the rise of the unwanted things.
13 min
Listener Mailbag: Addressing Your Questions on ...
Unpacking several topics church leaders routinely ask about.
35 min
Stabilizing Your Church’s Finances after COVID-19
A senior leader for a faith-based credit union discusses giving, lending, and financial best practices.
25 min
The Ins and Outs of Church Mergers
What to know—and do—when two congregations become one.
18 min
Can a Church Volunteer Get You Sued?
How to ensure one of your church’s most valuable assets doesn’t become a major legal liability.
17 min
A Closer Look at Church Compliance
Churches are accountable first and foremost to the Lord. But when it comes to human-made directives, what does it mean to be a compliant church?
26 min
Pastoral Accountability for Healthy Churches, w...
What one ministry learned about how churches can more actively prevent moral failures, build healthier cultures, and reduce legal disputes.
30 min
Answering Listeners’ Questions About Legal Issues
Tackling board member liability, religious worker visas, childcare policies for home Bible studies, compensation-setting practices, and more!
35 min
Keeping Children Safe in Your Church, with gues...
Protecting your congregation and its children from sexual abuse.
29 min
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill and What You Sho...
Why a shift in church governance can lead to unexpected results.
29 min
Social Media, the Church, and the Law, with gue...
Find out if your church is using social media wisely and how to avoid unexpected surprises.
24 min
HR Matters for Churches, with guest employment ...
Why legal issues related to employees deserve top consideration.
24 min
Vaccines, Variants, and the Role the Church Pla...
Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos of Johns Hopkins Hospital returns with updates on how the church and the medical community can best work together.
19 min
Cash, Check, Cryptocurrency, and More—Why Churc...
Now, more than ever, it’s critical that churches position themselves to accept non-cash donations.
25 min
Fraud in Church: It Can Happen to You! With gue...
How church leaders can face this unsettling reality.
21 min
Succession Plans: Why Your Church Needs One 
A plan can make all the difference, so why are leaders hesitant to create one?
31 min
Why Preventing Pastoral Burnout Helps Reduce Le...
Why reducing pastoral burnout is both a life benefit to the leader and a legal benefit to the church.
34 min
Timely Guidance To Tackle Those Year-End To-Do’...
How to make sure nothing is overlooked during this busy season.
34 min
Why Church Meetings Go Off the Rails
An interview with parliamentary procedure expert attorney Sarah Merkle.
35 min