Does Your Church Use a Credit Card Reader?
Does Your Church Use a Credit Card Reader?
New legal requirements for this start on October 1.

[New credit cards that help prevent fraud] require new devices to read them, and [churches that] process transactions will need to be trained on the new procedures. Instead of swiping the magnetic strip, the card will be “dipped” into the device, which can read ...

Same-Sex Marriage • Black Churches on Fire • Confederate Windows: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Same-Sex Marriage • Black Churches on Fire • Confederate Windows: News Roundup

Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage

In one of the most anticipated US Supreme Court cases in living memory, the Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that state bans to same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, thus legalizing same-sex marriage ...

5 Tips on Engaging Your Church’s Video-Streaming Audience
Ways to make those watching from home know you're thinking about them.
5 Tips on Engaging Your Church’s Video-Streaming Audience

Every week during our service, I do these five steps to bring those watching on a video stream into the worship service and encourage them to become “worshipers”:

1. During announcements, I acknowledge them and welcome them, just like I do the people “sitting ...

Certificate in Church Administration • Powering Greater Good • Maintaining Moral Integrity: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Certificate in Church Administration • Powering Greater Good • Maintaining Moral Integrity: Management Roundup

1. Elevate your knowledge and skills in church administration. This fall, North Park University School of Business and Nonprofit Management will offer a seven-week online graduate course in collaboration with Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax Team. The two-credit ...

Court’s Marriage Ruling Creates Uncertainty for Churches, Clergy
Ruling lacks an explicit religious exemption, opening door for future challenges, experts say.
Court’s Marriage Ruling Creates Uncertainty for Churches, Clergy

Today’s historic 5-4 Supreme Court decision creates a federally recognized right for same-sex couples to marry. But what it means for churches and clergy who oppose such unions remains unclear, two legal experts said.

Such uncertainty likely will lead to more litigation, ...

What Churches and Clergy Should Note from the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision, and what it means for religious liberty.
What Churches and Clergy Should Note from the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled this morning that marriage between same-sex couples is a constitutional right, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States.

Christianity Today notes that the Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges, sought ...

What Are Church Bylaws?
One of the most important documents for churches
What Are Church Bylaws?

Most churches, whether incorporated or unincorporated, have a governing document that addresses several issues of governance and administration. While the name for this document varies from church to church, it often is called bylaws.

The Model Nonprofit Corporations Act ...

Resources

Understanding an IRS Audit

Understanding an IRS Audit

Cover your bases in the areas of greatest risk of audits.
Creating a Safety Team

Creating a Safety Team

Every church could benefit from having a safety team trained to respond appropriately to crises.