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ChurchCounsel.com

Keeping Churches & Pastors Informed and Safe
Welcome to ChurchCounsel.com. Our mission is to protect your church. By proactively assisting churches navigate through the legal and regulatory world we live in, helping churches, from Plant to Established, by generating legal and best practice documents, a suite of online tools to save you time, and provide on call attorney services to manage events and crises which arise and are outside of a church or pastors field of expertise.
Who are we? We are attorneys who specialize in the area of Church Law, from formation to lawsuits and everything in between. We are here to serve the small local church, providing affordable access to sound legal, business, and financial counsel, enabling your church, ministers, and volunteers to spend less time doing paperwork and more time doing ministry.
Why do you need Church Counsel? Church Counsel is here to reduce the burden on the pastor, ministry staff, and volunteers and provide the needed combination of live attorney support, web access to our most requested services, and apps for your tablet or smartphone to keep the church doing ministry and reaching the world for Jesus Chris, not doing paperwork.
Why do we do this? We do this because our mission is to serve the local church so they have more time to do ministry – that is it.  Time is our most valuable asset and our biggest limitation. ChurchCounsel was formed by an attorney with a passion for the local church who wants to maximize the time of those doing ministry and relieve the burden of things they are not well adapted to do. Most pastors, ministers, or church staff are not lawyers, business people, and most do not have the gift of finances. However, those are our gifts, and we want to utilize what God has given us to free up your time so you can impact the lives in and around your mission field where God has placed you.

Areas of Counsel

FORMATION

Establishing or amending your church constitution and bylaws, we are here to help. Whether you are forming a new church, starting a new site, a new campus, or a church plant, these tasks can seam overwhelming at times, but our attorneys are experts at walking you through these formation issues to get your documents in place as soon as possible. There are also important things to consider when you are forming or revising your core documents, and we can assist you with how to properly handle these situations so that you are protected from liability, can quickly receive gifts as a nonprofit, asses your current contracts, legal documents and ensure your liability insurance is set up, and in the correct amount. Our attorneys are equipped to answer these and many other questions.

EMPLOYMENT

When it is time to grow your ministry and increase the number of employees, it is time to be sure you are handling processes in the best manner possible, for the church’s and pastor’s protection and for that of your employees. We can assist with all you need to know in regards to background checks, hiring and termination policies, workers’ compensation regulations, and much more. We can also help with the creation of an employee handbook so that all employees are knowledgeable about the policies on the front end of any possible situation, and it gives you the added liability protection.

SAFETY

In the present day and time, there is no greater concern than for the safety of our church members and staff. Let our licensed attorneys help you maneuver the  laws regarding your liability if an incident occurs on your campus, help implement policies involving the reporting requirements for suspected child abuse, security and safety issues on your property and in your worship services, liability risks with on and off-campus activities, and many other potential problems. We all hope and pray that none of this happens in our ministry, but we must be prepared for the possibility that it does.

TAX & ACCOUNTING

We have an experienced team of licensed attorneys and accountants. This combination gives our clients the best of both worlds. With the knowledge of what the law is and how to apply it, we are equipped to help you navigate the ever-changing tax laws and the subject of ministry tax exemption. Do you not speak up for fear of loosing your 501(c)3? Let us guide you and help you rest assured that you can spend way more time than you think speaking to issues of a political nature and also how to respond to requests for support from political candidates. We would love to guide you on these and other legal and financial issues in your ministry.

Services

FORMATION

Establishing or amending your church constitution and bylaws, we are here to help. Whether you are forming a new church, starting a new site, a new campus, or a church plant, these tasks can seam overwhelming at times, but our attorneys are experts at walking you through these formation issues to get your documents in place as soon a possible. There are also important things to consider when you are forming or revising your core documents, and we can assist you with how to properly handle these situations so that you are protected from liability, can quickly receive gifts as a nonprofit, asses your current contracts,  legal documents and ensure your liability insurance is set up, and in the correct amount. Our attorneys are equipped to answer these and many other questions.

Employment

When it is time to grow your ministry and increase the number of employees, it is time to be sure you are handling processes in the best manner possible, for the church’s and pastor’s protection and for that of your employees. We can assist with all you need to know in regards to background checks, hiring and termination policies, workers’ compensation regulations, and much more. We can also help with the creation of an employee handbook so that all employees are knowledgeable about the policies on the front end of any possible situation, and it gives you the added liability protection.

Safety

In the present day and time, there is no greater concern than for the safety of our church members and staff. Let our licensed attorneys help you maneuver the  laws regarding your liability if an incident occurs on your campus, help implement policies involving the reporting requirements for suspected child abuse, security and safety issues on your property and in your worship services, liability risks with on and off-campus activities, and many other potential problems. We all hope and pray that none of this happens in our ministry, but we must be prepared for the possibility that it does.

Tax & Accounting

We have an experienced team of licensed attorneys and accountants. This combination gives our clients the best of both worlds. With the knowledge of what the law is and how to apply it, we are equipped to help you navigate the ever-changing tax laws and the subject of ministry tax exemption. Do you not speak up for fear of loosing your 501(c)3? Let us guide you and help you rest assured that you can spend way more time than you think speaking to issues of a political nature and also how to respond to requests for support from political candidates. We would love to guide you on these and other legal and financial issues in your ministry.

Employee forms for Churches

Staff Background checks and helpful tools.

Organization and Formation

Let us help form your Non-Proffit and file your 501(c)3

Excursion Organizer

Let us help manage everything from annual reviews to vacation and sick days.

Contract Keeper

Let us help keep you from having contracts extended.