Upcoming Learning Opportunities

March 7, 2024 - 1 pm Central
Tax and Legal Update: Facility Use Issues

with Frank Sommerville, JD, CPA 

As churches look for additional revenue streams, use of facilities for events and services outside the Sunday worship is certainly an option, but there are many things to consider as you determine if this is the path you want to take. In this webinar, attorney and CPA Frank Sommerville will discuss church coffee shops, bookstores, and use of the facility by a third party. He will address unrelated business income tax (UBIT), property tax, and sales tax issues. 

Access to the recording will be sent following the webinar, in case you are unable to attend live. CPE credit can only be offered for live attendance. *


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Frank Sommerville, JD, CPA holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant and is also board certified in tax law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has served nonprofit institutions of all sizes as a bookkeeper, accountant, auditor, tax advisor and advocate, litigator, and legal advisor. He regularly assists churches in preventing litigation. 

Previously Presented Webinars

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Tax & Legal Update: 2023 Year End

with Frank Sommerville, JD, CPA

Presented on 12/7/2023
This webinar will discuss year-end topics, such as contribution receipts and cutoff, W-9s for contract labor, revised W-4s for employees, retirement plan amendments and contributions, and many other topics that will help you through December’s chaos. 

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Navigating AI's Legal Landscape: Discover the Future of Church Leadership

With Erika Cole


Presented on 09/14/2023
In an era where technology is reshaping the way we engage with the world, it's essential for churches to explore new avenues that align with their mission. Join Erika Cole, The Church Attorney® as she delves into the realm of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and its legal implications for churches. How can church leaders effectively leverage AI to connect with an evolving society and a culture that's seeking new ways to engage? This webinar goes beyond the surface, not only acknowledging AI's vast potential, but also addressing the crucial legal and risk management facets. From harnessing AI for scripture research and sermon preparation to exploring its role in worship music and even holograms, Erika will guide us through the numerous opportunities AI presents, all while providing essential insights and cautions from a legal standpoint. As your church embraces innovation, be equipped with the knowledge to navigate AI's dynamic landscape.

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Biblical Counseling: Legal Considerations to Help Your Ministry Thrive

with Mark Francis Juba 

Presented on 08/10/2023

Biblical counseling programs serve a vital role in serving the community.  However, there exist many pitfalls that could create unintended risk. This webinar provides you with the basic tools to strengthen your counseling program and seeks to give you the confidence to continue doing God’s work. 
First, this webinar walks through ways to mitigate risk related to the key claims normally asserted against a church’s counseling program.  These key areas include: 
1, clergy malpractice or negligent counseling; 
2, breach of confidentiality; 
3, sexual misconduct; and 
4, child abuse.
 Second, the webinar emphasizes the importance of proper insurance and explains professional liability insurance for such counseling programs.  
Third, this webinar highlights the crucial state law distinctions between: 
1, licensed professional counseling; and 
2, Christian, pastoral, and biblical counseling programs.  
Certain measures must be actively taken and prohibited to avoid triggering mandatory compliance with a state’s licensed professional counseling laws.  
Fourth, this webinar explores emerging legal trends (often anti-Christian) impacting Christian, pastoral, and biblical counseling programs and how to navigate them.  Plus, every The Church Network webinar attendee and My Church Law Firm Annual Membership Plan (AMP) client shall receive free sample draft counseling and related documents.  Come join us for the hour in support of your counseling ministry!

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Tax & Legal Update: Fraud and Embezzlement Prevention

with Frank Sommerville

Presented on 06/01/2023
This session will discuss the common techniques that employees use to steal from churches, along with ways to reduce the risk that they can be used at your church.

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