A recent ruling by a federal judge in the Western District of Wisconsin allowed the challenge to the ministerial housing allowance to move forward to a trial. It is expected that a trial could be scheduled within the next six to twelve months. While we had hoped that the case would be dismissed before trial, the judge ruled that the plaintiffs had “standing” to bring the lawsuit.
Many religious organizations, including the Church of God Benefits Board, are closely following this lawsuit. To get the latest information on the lawsuit, you can visit the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability’s (ECFA) website at http://www.ecfa.org/Content/Court-Determines-FFRF-Has-Standing-to-Challenge-Housing-Exclusion.