My Church Law Firm (w/ Steven Goodspeed & Dustin Gaines) – Episode 195

My Church Law Firm (w/ Steven Goodspeed & Dustin Gaines) – Episode 195

Steven Goodspeed and Dustin Gaines from My Church Law Firm join Dale today to discuss many issues currently facing churches and non-profits. They have dozens of years of expertise in church compliance and legal preparedness. It’s fair to say that how the government relates to the local church brings new challenges on an ongoing basis.

My Church Law Firm is also partnering with 95Network to create a member portal that will provide many materials relating to legal issues facing small and midsize churches. This is such an informative and encouraging podcast.


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Key Takeaways

1) One of the most critical things every church can do is to do a legal audit of their preparedness concerning the many shifting issues facing the church.

2) Dustin shares that his most significant concern for all churches is the change in how state governments can inspect local churches through the State’s Attorney General’s office. This is a new wrinkle dealing with how donations are accounted for in the local church with serious consequences.

3) All churches have the legal right to use the Bible as their authority when relating to issues where society disagrees with the church’s stance. However, you must be proactive versus reactive by having documented policies, procedures, and membership guidelines before an issue arises.

4) My Church Law Firm is passionate about coming along beside small and midsize churches to help them prepare for any issues that may arise. They are constantly reviewing court-led decisions regarding how they affect local churches and non-profits.


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