The Changing Face of the Executive Pastor Role
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The Changing Face of the Executive Pastor Role 
A longtime XP discusses what is changing for a position once limited to large churches.

David Fletcher is an executive pastor and founder of XPastor.org, a website serving executive pastors nationwide. XPastor.org also hosts an annual conference, which will feature attorney Richard Hammar next February. Editor Matthew Branaugh recently conducted an email interview ...

Adoption Tax Credit • FEMA Lawsuit • Hate Crime Statistics: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Adoption Tax Credit • FEMA Lawsuit • Hate Crime Statistics: News Roundup
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House, Senate Restore Adoption Tax Credit in Tax Reform Plan. “Apopular tax credit for adoptive families that was controversially cut by House Republicans in their initial tax reform plan has finally been restored. Meanwhile, the adoption benefit will be preserved in the ...

Texas Church Shooting • Proposed Tax Plan • Abuse Lawsuit: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Texas Church Shooting • Proposed Tax Plan • Abuse Lawsuit: News Roundup

Twenty-Six Churchgoers Killed in Texas Mass Shooting. “During its 11 a.m. worship service, a Southern Baptist church in rural Texas suffered not only America’s latest mass shooting but the deadliest church shooting in US history. At least 26 worshipers, ranging in ...

5 Ways to Protect Your Church 
How to implement thorough policies and procedures.
5 Ways to Protect Your Church
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On Sunday, November 5, an active shooter killed 26 people at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. It is recorded as the deadliest attack on a house of worship in the history of the United States.

No matter which side of the gun control debate you fall on, as someone ...

Paying Your Pastor 
Tips and insights for setting compensation
Paying Your Pastor

Setting a pastor’s compensation is a complicated issue, says CPA Stan Reiff, a partner with the accounting firm CapinCrouse. A number of factors—the size of the church, the local cost of living, the experience level of the pastor—play a role. Reiff recently ...

Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s 
What pastors and church staff can learn about the power of compounding.
Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s

Pastors and church staff often are overwhelmed by the thought of setting aside money for their future retirements. But the sooner they start, the quicker they can make the money they save and invest work to their advantage.

This is because of the concept of compounding. It works ...

Sex Offenders in Church • HHS Request • Zoning Lawsuit: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Sex Offenders in Church • HHS Request • Zoning Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Indiana Court Rules Sex Offenders May Go to Church Services When Children Are Present. “The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that sex offenders are allowed to attend church services even while children are present to attend Sunday school. The ruling handed down Tuesday ...

The 4 Hour Legal Training Program for Church Boards

The 4 Hour Legal Training Program for Church Boards

Understand key legal concepts necessary to protect the board and the church.
Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches

Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches

Richard Hammar explains how to avoid copyright infringement.