Festival Founder Arrested • FEMA Policy Upheld • Cemetery Controversy: News Roundup
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Festival Founder Arrested • FEMA Policy Upheld • Cemetery Controversy: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.

Founder of Largest US Christian Music Festival Arrested on Child Molestation Charges. “The man who launched America’s largest and longest-running Christian music festival has been ‘indefinitely suspended’ from the ministry and his church following his ...

ECFA Releases 2017 State of Giving Report 
Annual numbers show increase in giving to ministries.
ECFA Releases 2017 State of Giving Report
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At the end of November, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) released its eighth annual report on the State of Giving, with data gathered from nearly 2,000 organizations.

According to the report, “annual cash giving to ECFA-accredited organizations ...

GOP Tax Bill • Christian Bakery Case • Hurricane Harvey Recovery: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
GOP Tax Bill • Christian Bakery Case • Hurricane Harvey Recovery: News Roundup
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GOP Tax Bill Passes Senate Vote. “Senate Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill early Saturday morning [December 2] that bestows extensive benefits on corporate America and the wealthy while delivering mixed blessings to everybody else. After a frantic round of negotiations, ...

What to Know About Penalties for Excessive Compensation 
The rules for churches are stringent and could cause a loss of exempt status.
What to Know About Penalties for Excessive Compensation

Churches and other 501(c)(3) organizations are subject to unique federal tax rules covering compensation. Specifically, 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited under federal tax law from paying compensation above that which is “reasonable” to their leaders. Although ...

Evangelical Giving Trends • Sanctuary Church • Pastor Faces Lawsuit: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Evangelical Giving Trends • Sanctuary Church • Pastor Faces Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Research Shows Evangelical Giving Trends. “While the multi-million dollar tally of Giving Tuesday donations will take time to compile, we already know which kinds of charities are most favored by American evangelicals. Giving continues to rise for many categories of ministry, ...

Pastors and Sex Trafficking • Female Pastor Controversy • Diocese Case Denied: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Pastors and Sex Trafficking • Female Pastor Controversy • Diocese Case Denied: News Roundup
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Ohio Pastors Face Indictment for Sex Trafficking Charges. “A third Ohio pastor has been indicted on sex trafficking charges, and prosecutors say all three men worked together to entice underage girls with money in exchange for sex. A federal grand jury in Toledo has indicted ...

Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be 
A church administrator’s perspective.
Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be
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After serving on church boards for decades and helping set salaries for dozens of church staff members, I’ve learned that setting compensation fairly is one of the most difficult tasks for church administrators and board members. Many factors might prevent a pastor or ...

Medical Emergency Preparation

Medical Emergency Preparation

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Charitable Contributions Bulletin Inserts

Charitable Contributions Bulletin Inserts

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