Churches across the U.S. are sharing preachers to keep their doors open. It’s changing the culture in the pews.

Implications for church leaders loom as Montana reverses $35M judgment and other states continue tightening reporting laws. The Montana Supreme Court this week unanimously reversed a $35 million judgment against the Jehovah’s Witnesses for not reporting sexual abuse to authorities, saying church representatives fell within a clergy exception found in the state’s mandatory child abuse reporting law. Montana law requires officials, including clergy, to report child abuse to state authorities when there is reasonable cause for suspicion. However, the state’s law exempts clergy from reporting when the actual or suspected abuse is discovered in the course of a confidential conversation—such…