6 Steps to Prevent Fraud
6 Steps to Prevent Fraud
Protect your church from fraudulent activities.

Keep the following six steps in mind to help prevent fraud from occurring at your church:

  1. Conduct independent, extensive reviews of bank account reconciliations. This is the best way to prevent fraudulent activity.
  2. Use a formal vendor application process to clear conflicts of interest and avoid disreputable businesses for ongoing business activity. For one-time deals (such as short-term missions trips), set up processes with good record-keeping and documentation requirements.
15 All-too-Common Church Facility Problems
Set a high standard for maintenance, safety, and overall look of your building.
15 All-too-Common Church Facility Problems

I know the church is not a building. That is not to say, though, that the building is unimportant. A building says something about the congregation that gathers there; so, we need to pay attention to our facilities.

Listed here are 15 facility issues I and my consulting ...

Is Your Church's Worship Violating Copyright Laws?
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Is Your Church's Worship Violating Copyright Laws?

1. Is your church’s worship violating copyright laws? “It is simply illegal to display copyrighted lyrics without a license. Anything that doesn't fit under public domain (such as certain hymns) falls into this category. Fortunately, there are several large companies ...

Q&A: Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Can a volunteer's expenses be counted as charitable contributions?
Q&A: Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Q: Several of our volunteers are very committed to our children's ministry. At times, instead of asking for a reimbursement for their ministry expenses, they will ask if they can turn their receipts in and count them as a charitable contribution. Is this okay to do?

A: A ...

Building Your Leadership Team
Consider the pros and cons of cultivating staff from within your congregation.
Building Your Leadership Team

I am an unapologetic fan of pastors and churches finding, training, and building leadership teams from within our churches, instead of hiring them from the outside.

Yes, there are exceptions to that, especially in larger churches, when there may be a need for ministers ...

Church Financial Reports Play Key Role in Loan Applications
And four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Church Financial Reports Play Key Role in Loan Applications

1. Church financial reports play key role in loan applications. "For churches seeking a loan—or considering that possibility in the future—experts offer this [tip]: Get your financial house in order. 'By that, I mean your financial reporting systems,' ...

Tax Guide Reminder: October 2014
Don't forget this important date.
Tax Guide Reminder: October 2014

This infographic is one of many featured on ChurchLawAndTax.com. Find more infographics, including a full-year tax guide timeline infographic.

For expert help with all of your church's tax questions, check out the 2014 Church & Clergy Tax Guide.

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Resources

Your Helpful Guide to Church Insurance

Your Helpful Guide to Church Insurance

Understand your church's insurance needs to be assured you have adequate coverage.
Managing Church Facility Use

Managing Church Facility Use

Find insights to equip your church to host members and strangers.