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Church Law Videos

The Videos below provide basic information on a variety of topics relating to church legal issues:

Legal Issue Videos
Bylaws & Church Governance
  • Why does my church need Bylaws?
  • What if my church has a Constitution and Bylaws? 
  • What are the essential elements we need to have in our Bylaws? 
  • What should our Bylaws say about Church Membership?
  • What should our Bylaws say about the employment relationship with the Senior Pastor? 
  • What should our Bylaws say about Church Deacons and/or a Board of Directors? 
  • What should our Bylaws say about Church Finances?
  • In a crisis situation (e.g. situations involving the removal of a pastor, termination of membership, etc.) how should we use our Bylaws?
  • How often should we review and/or update our Bylaws?
 Child Safety

 

Financial Controls & Best Practices
  • Vetting those who deal with church monies (both paid staff and volunteers)
  • Preventing Fraud and Theft - Utilizing two people any time money is counted
  • Preventing Fraud and Theft - Requiring two signatures on all checks over a certain amount
  • Preventing Fraud and Theft - Immediately stamping all checks "For Deposit Only" and Depositing Cash Immediately
  • Preventing Fraud and Theft - Rotating workers who count collection plate cash
  • Preventing Fraud and Theft - Having a third party reconcile the accounts  
  • Preventing Fraud and Theft - Documenting all purchases with purchase orders (and keeping checks, receipts, statements)
  • Preventing Fraud and Theft - Having someone other than the individual preparing disbursements reconcile check registers to the bank statements regularly
  • Annual Audits - Do we really need an audit?
Church Property & Vehicle Maintenance 
  • Inspecting church playgrounds - What do I need to do?
  • Inspecting church playgrounds - What to watch for 
  • Pre-trip and Post-trip Inspection of Vehicoles - Is this really necessary? 
  • Pre-trip and Post-trip Inspection of Vehicoles - What to watch for 
  • Vetting and Training Drivers of Church Vehicles 
  • Inspecting Church Buildings - What do I need to do? 
  • Inspecting Church Buildings - What to watch for

 

Please give us a call at 214-886-7633 if you have further questions about Church Law.