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.



Texas Supreme Court tells Houston that citizens have the right to vote


The Texas Supreme Court has ordered the Houston City Council to either repeal its Houston Equal Rights Ordinance by Aug. 24 or put the ordinance to a vote during the city’s November election. HERO amended Houston’s Code of Ordinances to prevent all residents of Houston from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Court stated that, “though the ordinance is steeped in controversy, the legal principles at play are relatively simple.”

The Houston City Council passed HERO on May 28, 2014.... [continue]

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