Ministry And The American Legal System

Ministry And The American Legal System

by Richard B. Couser
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800626037
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Religion and Its Legal Context1
1Pre-Constitutional History9
2The U.S. Constitutional System14
3The Religion Clauses of the First Amendment30
4Ecclesiastical Organization and the Courts63
5Legal Privileges and Obligations of Clergy73
6Liability for Contracts and Torts81
7The Church as Regulated Employer96
8The Church as Property Owner115
9Copyright Law and the Church134
10Other Government Regulation144
11Organization and Governance179
12Hiring, Supervising, and Firing Employees195
13The Church as Wagepayer214
14Compensation and Taxes222
15Purchasing, Maintaining, or Altering Property237
16Accounting for Funds and Trusts251
17Supervision of Children: Social Events, Child Care, and Trips262
18The Counseling Relationship and Church Discipline265
19Litigation279
20Liability Insurance301
Conclusion: Weaving Law and Church Together307
Appendix A: Constitution of the United States of America309
Appendix B: Legal Citations322
Appendix C: Conciliation Provisions for Contracts and Wills325
Bibliography326
Notes328
Index350

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