Church Business (5)
News on church-and-ministry-related business issues
01/04/13 ... Much of the Diocese of South Carolina has left The Episcopal Church, a severance caused by doctrinal disputes. The Diocese and a number of parishes have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the denomination from taking the real and personal property from the Diocese and parishes.
12/06/12 ... A bankruptcy judge ruled that the parishes in the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee are separate legal entities, and their assets will not be consolidated with the Archdiocese's assets as part of its bankruptcy. The ruling is particularly important because there are numerous sex abuse claims against the Archdiocese. Certain assets are still under dispute.
12/06/12 ... The Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations issued its first report to Sen. Charles Grassley. The 94 page report, sponsored by the Evangelical Council for Financial Responsibility, makes numerous recommendations.
03/19/12 ... Whiles churches do not face the same foreclosure rate as homes, partly because banks have been reluctant to foreclose, foreclosures on churches nationally are much higher than average. Forced church sales are more common and congregations are leasing space rather than buying property because financing is tighter.
02/24/12 ... A one-year-old boy drowned in an uncovered baptismal pool at a church day care in Indiana. Church facilities are not required to be licensed, so the standards are less stringent. Debate rages over whether churches should be exempt (if they wish) from the stricter regulations.