Is my church incorporated? Should it be?
We can help you determine whether or not your church is already incorporated and help you work through the issues of whether or not your church needs to be incorporated. If you are in a denomination, we suggest that you speak with your denomination representatives on this matter. If you are not in a denomination, we can talk about whether incorporating makes sense for your church. We have experienced attorneys on our staff that can help you with this. Paula Wells is not only a business attorney but an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
How do we settle disputes within our church? Do we need a lawyer?
We would recommend that disputes that have not risen to the “legal” stage be settled with help from professionals like the Center for Congregational Health. http://healthychurch.org/ However, in the event that a dispute cannot otherwise be settled amicably, we are here to assist you with your needs to settle these disputes as quickly and painlessly as possible.
How do we form policies regarding money with our congregation so that we can protect the financial future of our church?
We can recommend common sense approaches to handling money to protect your congregation from embezzlement and other money misuses. Call for a consultation; we can come to your next trustees’ meeting to talk about appropriate boundaries around money that will protect the people handling the money as well as the congregation’s resources.