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Ministry and the Law, written as a resource for all ministers who serve primarily within the Catholic tradition, offers helpful and practical insights regarding the relationship of civil law to ministry. The first chapter offers readers a ten-point pre-test to help gauge their knowledge of civil law and its governance of religious ministry. Chapter Two deals with the sources of law and its impacting ministry. In Chapter Three, the author discusses the type of lawsuits that occur most often in churches and church sponsored programs. The significant area of personnel issues, including pre-employment considerations, evaluation and suprvision of employees including volunteers is deftly handled in Chapter Four. The final chapter deals with topics of special interest such as confidentiality and it ramifications, sexual misconduct, and parish finances.
Useful for both church professionals and volunteers, this is a practical guide to help religious professionals recognize and deal with legal issues that they may encounter in their ministry.