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"After a disappointing meeting with a well know bankruptcy law firm that was more interested in having me sign on with them, I was fortunate enough to find Andrew Gore to represent me in my bankruptcy case. From my initial consultation call, I found him very patient and pleasant to work with. He did not pressure me to have him represent me. Instead he took the time to answer all the questions and concerns I had regarding the bankruptcy…Overall, I would recommend Andrew Gore to any one who is looking for a bankruptcy attorney that is patient, cordial, thorough, and willing to work to meet your needs, not to mention affordable."
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Church Law Articles

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

Legal Issue Articles
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 are some of the major problems churches make when drafting 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
  • Child Safety Policy Manual - What needs to be in our Manual?
  • Vetting Potential Workers (both paid and volunteers) - Applications 
  • Vetting Potential Workers (both paid and volunteers) - Background Checks 
  • Vetting Potential Workers (both paid and volunteers) - Reference Checks 
  • Vetting Potential Workers (both paid and volunteers) - Interviews 
  • Training New Workers
  • Supervision of Childcare Workers
  • Identification System for Picking Up Children - What do I need to do?
  • Recognizing Child Abuse
  • Reporting Child Abuse
  • Preventing Child Abuse - Two-Adult Rule
  • Preventing Child Abuse - Bathroom Usage Policy
  • Preventing Child Abuse - Entry Points to the Childcare Facility & Windows on Doors
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.