Corporate governance is the set of rules that establishes the order for a church or religious organization. Effective corporate governance is critical to the success of a complex ministry. This is particularly true for churches with multiple departments and community outreach programs. Corporate governance defines who has authority to make certain decisions, the rights of the members and the duties of key officials. Properly designed corporate governance is the foundation for any efficient organization. With proper governance, business owners and executives can help mitigate the risk of personal liability for their actions.

M Smith Law, PLLC helps churches develop and strengthen their governance rules. With an eye towards its foundational documents, we believe a church’s internal documents should match their strategic vision. Doing so provides clarity of purpose and helps focus the ministry on the best ways to reduce governance risks.