Ministry and the American Legal System: A Guide for Clergy, Lay Workers, and Congregations

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Fortress Press, 1993 - 356 sider
Written for persons who are not lawyers, accountants, or quasi-legal specialists, this book offers congregations and religious professionals practical insight, while avoiding mere listing of rules and lengthy discussions of cases.
Part One provides an overview of the history, structure, and functioning of American law and its legal system, as these pertain to congregations, religious organizations, and professionals.
Part Two details various areas of law, such as torts, contracts, real estate transactions, employment, copyrights, and taxation, that have direct bearing on congregational life and ministerial practice.
Part Three focuses on "risk management": ways that congregations and religious organizations and professionals can improve their functioning and minimize their exposure to legal difficulties.
 

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Innhold

PreConstitutional History
9
The US Constitutional System
14
The Religion Clauses of the First Amendment
30
Ecclesiastical Organization and the Courts
63
Legal Privileges and Obligations of Clergy
73
Liability for Contracts and Torts
81
The Church as Regulated Employer
96
The Church as Property Owner
115
Purchasing Maintaining or Altering Property
237
Accounting for Funds and Trusts
251
Supervision of Children Social Events Child Care and Trips
262
The Counseling Relationship and Church Discipline
265
Litigation
279
Liability Insurance
301
Weaving Law and Church Together
307
Constitution of the United States of America
309

Copyright Law and the Church
134
Other Government Regulation
144
Organization and Governance
179
Hiring Supervising and Firing Employees
195
The Church as Wagepayer
214
Compensation and Taxes
222
Legal Citations
322
Conciliation Provisions for Contracts and Wills
325
Bibliography
326
Notes
328
Index
350
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