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CFTROU 0078: The Business on Church Business: Lawyer Up

Today’s guest is Scott Crawford, our Family Church Business Administrator and CFO. We’re continuing our conversation about best practices when handling business matters concerning the church. Scott is an expert in this arena. He talks about why getting legal assistance is critical. It’s important to create relationships with people who have the legal expertise to come alongside you and help navigate complex legal situations. Every church, regardless of how big or small, needs to have the right subject matter experts on their team to deal with the minefield of legal implications in the world todayIt’s also important for them to understand the values of your church. Being proactive, rather than reactive, in all matters concerning the law and risk management is a game changer.

Key Points:

  • How attorneys help interpret the law and help implement business plans the right way.
  • Resources available for churches who have no budget available for legal assistance.
  • The differences between hiring an attorney and relying on pro bono work.
  • How a legal committee can function within the framework of a church.
  • Sheds light on the need for legal counsel when merging with another church.

When you’re dealing with important business matters, I suggest pastors hire the best attorney that they can. Click To TweetYou look at regulations and ordinances that change all the time and most of them are written in a way that the average person struggles to actually comprehend. This is why churches need lawyers. Click To Tweet

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Church Law & Tax

Alliance Defending Freedom

Brotherhood Mutual

Christian Legal Society

Scott Crawford on Twitter

Jimmy on Twitter

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