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Recent Blog Posts

FEMA Assistance Available to Churches

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on January 2, 2018 that private nonprofit houses of worship are now eligible for disaster assistance as community centers, without regard to their secular or religious nature.  These changes are effective for disasters declared on or after August 23, 2017 and for applications for assistance that were… Read More »

2018 Parsonage and Housing Allowance Reminder

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, Now that we are in December allow me remind you, if you have not done so already, to have your Board or Congregation approve 2018 parsonage and housing allowances. Remember they must be in writing and in advance of the calendar year. They cannot be retroactive only prospective. Failure to… Read More »

Teaching Church Law to Ordination Candidates

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Had a great time teaching Church Law, Finance and Administration to the Ordination Candidates of the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God. The locations were Sarasota, Deland, Kissimmee and Key West. Thank you to all the District School of Ministry students!

US Attorney General on Protecting Religious Liberty

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, On October 6th the Attorney General of the United States the Honorable Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to governmental agencies and departments on Religious Liberties.  It is a most interesting read. The memorandum was issued pursuant to President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13798 (May 4, 2017), which directed the Attorney… Read More »

Housing Allowance Struck Down Again

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, On October 6th a federal judge in Wisconsin has struck down as unconstitutional the Housing Allowance. Expect an appeal. If the Court of Appeals accepts the case it could rule on the actual underlying issue of whether the clergy housing exclusion is constitutional. Then off to the Supreme Court. I… Read More »

Six Tips After a Hurricane

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

1. First off, know your rights. After a hurricane, you may have issues with your church and property ranging from determining who is responsible for cleaning up to knowing when to keep making rent or mortgage payments. Because state laws and individual insurance policies vary, check with your insurance company or local authorities to know… Read More »

New Ad Announcement

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

I am excited to announce a new ad has gone out.  

Certified Church Business Administrator

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

I am excited to announce on July 6, 2017 The Church Network renewed my credentials as a Certified Church Administrator. Continuing with these credentials and educational requirements allows me to be current in church business administration trends which in turn helps me serve you.

Church is Sued for Publication of Baptism Leading to Kidnapping

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently decided a church court case. In John Doe v. First Presbyterian Church U.S.A. of Tulsa, Oklahoma and James D. Miller (Okla. Feb. 22, 2017), a nonmember filed suit against the church and its minister, alleging torts and breach of contract after he was baptized and notice of his baptism… Read More »

EEOC Expanding Title VII protections to Gender Identity

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Without legislation from Congress the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has decided on its own to interpret protections against “sex” discriminations to include Gender Identification. It has recently restated its position publicly which is a concern. Does this mean stronger enforcement is around the corner? The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that… Read More »

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