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Pastors’ Legal Seminars
Pacific Justice Institute partners with organizations and churches to offer, free of charge, legal seminars which equip pastors and inform them of the legal challenges facing the church today.
Recent law enacted by the State of California has the potential to be a major curtailment to church ministries receiving any funding from the state. Learn how to preserve those ministries without compromising your faith.
Whenever elections come, pastors are often unsure of what to do or say without facing legal ramifications. This topic should but your mind at rest.
Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA): Has your church ever been blocked from building by local governments? Come find out about the new rights churches have to expand their buildings and ministries and overcome hostile zoning restrictions.
With churches expanding their operations to include businesses (e.g., bookstores, cafes), there are some important measures that need to be taken to protect such enterprises. Also, pastors can effectively expand their finances by simply taking advantage of opportunities they have to opt out of paying into social security. It’s all about good stewardship!
Churches and other faith-based organizations have encountered significant challenges in recent years regarding moral failures of clergy and employees. The mere accusation of inappropriate conduct of someone on staff can result in great organizational upheaval. When a minister or employee is removed, the church or a para-church may face a legal battle.
Churches are facing moral challenges that only a few years ago were unimaginable. There are those who are attempting to bring the sexual revolution into the church. They are trying to redefine the legal definition of families and are, in some cases, using the courts to force the church to go along with them. Churches also must deal with those who disrupt activities, violent intruders and registered sex offenders
Public schools have become a major spiritual battleground. Come learn how your church can greatly expand your youth department by creatively and legally reaching out to students on public school campuses.
The First Amendment rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion are crucial protections for the church. Regrettably, in recent years these rights have been under attack – particularly for people of faith. As a pastor, it is important to understand this area of law so that you can fully and effectively minister to the community.
Why don’t more Christians use their businesses to share their faith? The answer: Fear resulting from uncertainties of the legal ramifications. Faith in the Workplace breaks through this fear by enlightening CEO’s and managers of their numerous legal opportunities they have to live and share their faith to their employees, customers and communities.
Brad Dacus is a commissioned minister who has been invited to speak at hundreds of churches nationwide. “Our Destiny”, is an evangelical sermon with a surprising testimonial twist, designed to exhort modern day people of faith to fulfill their daily calling in Christ Jesus.