Gallagher & Kennedy’s Church & Ministry Law practice group provides a full range of services to nonprofit organizations in Arizona and across the United States, ranging from employment law to IRS Best Practices.  We are solutions-oriented lawyers who have developed an innovative model known as Campus Preservation Planning™ to guide churches in comprehensive risk assessment and protection plan development. Additionally, we advise churches on opportunities like Arizona’s Working Poor Tax Credit qualification requirements and offer board training on topics including basic introduction to board membership and developing crisis response teams. We have extensive experience assisting our clients plan, develop, manage and lease campus real estate.


  • Church planting and facilitating multiple worship locations for a single church
  • Planned Giving Programs and Donor Advisory Services
  • Long-term ground leasing and campus planning services


  • Incorporating, merging, consolidating and terminating nonprofit organizations
  • Obtaining 501c designations, including administrative and appeal proceedings
  • Preparing and updating governance documents such as bylaws
  • Assisting with planning and documenting congregation and board meetings


  • Selecting, training and retaining directors and employees with special emphasis on implementation of best practices as required by the Internal Revenue Service and Form 990
  • Employment Law Compliance


  • Developing workable practice and procedure manuals
  • Property tax exemptions
  • Leases to Charter Schools and Preschools
  • Faith-based schools’ program issues
  • Human resources issues


  • Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act zoning and land use issues
  • Legislative research and lobbying
  • Outside “House Counsel” services for nonprofit organizations
  • Armed/unarmed Campus Security Policies

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