In today's litigious society, pastors, trustees, lay leaders, and committee members need a basic understanding of America's legal system. Couser---an attorney and member of the Christian Legal Society---offers an overview of the U.S. Constitution; reviews specifics of law, including torts, contracts, copyrights, and more; and addresses "risk management" for churches, clergy, and congregations. 356 pages, hardcover from Fortress.
Designed for those who are not lawyers, accountants, or quasi-legal specialists, this book outlines the elements of risk management for congregations and church professionals. Divided into three parts, the guide provides an overview and history of the American legal system, details various areas of the law, and focuses on ways religious organizations can minimize their exposure to legal difficulties.