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What Does the 'Ministerial Exception' Ruling Mean for Churches?

Contact: Sandra Hoekstra-Lower, Christianity Today International, 630-260-6200 ext 4224, shoekstralower@christianitytoday.com

CAROL STREAM, Ill., Feb. 14, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the March/April issue of Church Law & Tax Report Richard Hammar will explain the implications of the "ministerial exception" ruling for churches, church pastors, and church employees. The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously and the Court's nine justices affirmed on January 11, 2012, the concept of "ministerial exception," concluding the First Amendment prevents the civil courts from "interfering with the freedom of religious groups to select" their clergy.

In the March/April Church Law & Tax Report, Hammar -- a well-respected and published church attorney and CPA -- meticulously walks through the Court's decision, exploring the rationale used in its decision and how that rationale applies to employment law at churches moving forward.

This issue also contains 13 Recent Developments ranging from the removal of church board members to insurance claims to workers compensation, which church leaders won't want to miss. Churches can stay current on changing law and tax developments throughout the year by subscribing to Church Law & Tax Report.

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