I'm new to the forum and waiting for my CHL permit; after reading through this thread, I wanted to add my two cents worth. First, you need to know who the "Governing Authority" is for your local Church. This will differ from denomination to denomination, however, most will have a "Constitution" for the denomination that primarily covers Theological concerns and the establishment of local "Governing Authority" (there is more, but, I don't want to parse all of that). Second, the local Church should have a set of bylaws that dictate local policy, things such as the dates of annual meetings of the congregation, election of Church officers, establishing sanctioned funds for the purpose of directed giving, (this allows a congregant to direct their tithes and offerings and still be able to use that giving for tax purposes) and anything not covered by the Constitution for their denomination or to clarify how the local Church will comply. If the denomination doesn't prohibit concealed carry, then it is the responsibility of the Governing Authority to grant permission. The best policy in my opinion would be to add the exemption to the bylaws of the local Church. This would eliminate lists and provide clear evidence of compliance with current Ohio law. No signage restricting or prohibiting would be necessary and you wouldn't need to keep personal letters of permission to prove compliance. I was on the board of my local Church when the CHL law was being debated and the subject came up at our board meeting; we voted to not declare the Church as "gun free" because we didn't want to impose any restrictions to Constitutional freedoms, however, that was before the law was passed and that vote was moot after the law was enacted. I will be discussing this with some other members who are permit holders and petition the current board. I hope this will be corrected by future legislation, but, we should comply with the law until we can get it amended.