That deal of a lifetime that seems too good to be true? It probably is in fact too good to be true. Before you or your ministry sign a contract for goods or services, be sure you understand the company you are dealing with and the terms of the agreement. Check out Better Business Bureau reports, look at internet customer reviews, request references from other customers, and in the case of contractors, make sure they are properly licensed, bonded, and insured. And don’t be tempted to bypass these safeguards just because a person is or claims to be a Christian—unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean the person runs a legitimate business. Many pastors and ministries call us after they’ve been swindled by scammers. And we’ve seen many self-proclaimed Christians take advantage of their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. The following “red flags” should give you pause prior to entering into any agreement, whether written or verbal:
This list is by no means exhaustive. The point is this: do your homework!
Once you determine you are dealing with a reputable company, it’s just as important to ensure that you carefully review the terms of the agreement and consider the following:
Due diligence before you sign will help you discern whether you are dealing with a reputable company and that the terms of your agreement are, in fact, what you agreed upon.
The attorneys at the NCLL have assisted many ministries with drafting, interpreting, and enforcing contractual agreements. This is one of the many services we provide to our premier partners. If your ministry is not already partnering with us, check out the benefits. We look forward to serving you!