Church Law

Churches face a variety of issues that are unique to the context of a house of worship. From child safety concerns, to property issues, employment issues, church governance and many other issues, churches are faced with a broad array of legal problems. We are dedicated to helping pastors, church administrators, lay leaders and others learn how to improve the legal health of their church.

Have you wondered about the legal health of your church? As a way to help our churches assess some of their basic legal needs, we have developed a short Self-Assessment Quiz.


*Note: While this quiz is a good tool to help you assess some of the pressing legal needs of your church, because of its brevity it naturally cannot cover all of the legal issues churches face. We always advise that you seek legal counsel to discover the full range of legal issues that may be facing your church. However, this self-assessment quiz can serve as a starting point.

While churches can take many preventative legal measures to protect themselves and keep their church out of court, there are many instances where a church may need to hire an attorney to help them.

If your church is in a situation where you need a Christian attorney in your area who can help your church with legal issues, please give us a call.

CLICK HERE to send in a request for more information about Christian attorneys in your area that serve the legal needs of churches or call (903) 243-5576.

What the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling means for Texas churches

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the 14th amendment. The decision, written by Justice Kennedy, reflects a remarkable reversal in public acceptance of same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Texas. Texas must also recognize the validity of marriages performed in other states. The decision has had an immediate effect as some county clerk’s offices are already reporting they are open and ready to provide same-sex marriage licenses.

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Videos about Church Law

In addition to the resources listed above, we have several of our most recent Videos on Church Law that you can watch below. For a list of Videos on certain topics, click the link below:

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Church Law Articles

In addition to the resources listed above, we have several of our most recent Articles on Church Law that you can watch below. For a list of Articles on certain topics, click the link below:

Article: Why Does My Church Need Bylaws

Article: What to Include In a Child Safety Policy Manual

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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is general in nature and is not intended to provide, or be a substitute for, legal analysis, legal advice, or consultation with appropriate legal counsel. It is always best to utilize the help of a professional legal counsel who can assist you based on your church’s specific situation and needs. By posting this information, the Baptist General Convention of Texas is not providing legal advice, and the use of this document is not intended to constitute advertising or solicitation and does not create an attorney-client relationship between your church and the Baptist General Convention of Texas or between you and any Baptist General Convention of Texas employee or independent contractor.