Church Property Sale & Purchase

By: Rich Baker, Soo Yeon Lee, and Susan Thomas The critical role of real estate in accomplishing the mission of any business or organization cannot be emphasized enough. So, it is true for churches as well. Many assume that real estate transactions involving churches...
Where do Churches Fit?

Where do Churches Fit?

When zoning practices emerged in the early 1900’s, many city planners treated churches as residential uses. For years this zoning scheme was a natural fit for most communities. Without the convenience of cars or mass transit systems, church-goers typically worshiped...
Reflection on Church Volunteer Ministry Decline

Reflection on Church Volunteer Ministry Decline

A long-term decrease in those willing to serve as volunteers has been sensed in many churches. Two areas are of particular concern:  Leaders: deacons, elders, trustees, directors; and  Youth and children’s teachers While the causes of this decline are...
No Room at the Inn

No Room at the Inn

Sooner or later, you’ll get the call: “Attorney Christian, this is Pastor Harmon of the Jesus Church.  We need your advice.  After over a year of searching, the church building committee has found a wonderful location for our congregation in the old Marsh...
How Churches Can Protect Themselves Through Bylaws

How Churches Can Protect Themselves Through Bylaws

One of the most important things a ministry can do is protect itself through established bylaws and policies. Here are three points to guide your organization in establishing clear guidelines which will be an invaluable deterrent against escalated conflict. 1st Step:...