Methodist Forecast • Texas Clergy Rejoice • Antigay Pulpit, Gay Lifestyle: News Roundup
Methodist Forecast • Texas Clergy Rejoice • Antigay Pulpit, Gay Lifestyle: News Roundup
This week's news headlines that affect churches.

Methodist Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Destruction

Church Economist: The United Methodist Church Only Has 15 Years to Reverse Its Decline

According to an economist, the United Methodist Church has only 15 years to reverse its decline in the United States if it is to survive ...

Top 5 Reasons Churches Went to Court in 2014
Has your church addressed these common legal liabilities and risk management concerns?
Top 5 Reasons Churches Went to Court in 2014

After reviewing thousands of published and unpublished rulings by state appellate and federal courts in 2014 that pertain to churches, I am able to identify the top five reasons churches go to court.

This list can be used by church leaders to know what common legal liabilities ...

Raising Missions Support • Mentoring Breeds Succession • Making Vacation Time Count: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Raising Missions Support • Mentoring Breeds Succession • Making Vacation Time Count: Management Roundup

1. Raising support for youth ministry mission trips. “If parents pay for their child’s short-term mission trip travel expenses, can they claim a charitable contribution deduction? That depends on whether the parent is supporting the child directly or through the ...

11 Places for Greeters
Has your church considered all of these placement opportunities?
11 Places for Greeters

Many people recognize the importance of having trained greeters at the church doors when guests arrive. I agree that that’s important, but I also think there are many other places to use greeters. Here are some ideas:

1. In the parking lot near each entrance. Station ...

Peeping Rabbi • Vaccines Trump Beliefs • The Law Won: News Roundup
This week's news headlines that affect churches.
Peeping Rabbi • Vaccines Trump Beliefs • The Law Won: News Roundup

Peeping Rabbi Sentenced

Peeping Tom” Rabbi Sentenced to More Than 6 Years

A Jewish Orthodox rabbi caught spying on women as they participated in ritual bathing has been sentenced to 6.5 years in prison, reports Religion News Service. Rabbi Barry Freundel was a ...

Are Ministers Mandatory Child Abuse Reporters?
What pastors need to know about reporting requirements
Are Ministers Mandatory Child Abuse Reporters?

Ministers are mandatory child abuse reporters in many states, either because the child abuse reporting law defines mandatory reporters to include "ministers," or because the law makes "any person" a mandatory reporter of child abuse. In other states, ministers ...

Withholding Ministers' Taxes • Quit Developing Infant Leaders • Boosting Productivity: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Withholding Ministers' Taxes • Quit Developing Infant Leaders • Boosting Productivity: Management Roundup

1. A convenient way for ministers to handle tax withholdings. "Ministers are exempt from federal tax withholding, whether they report their income taxes as an employee or as self-employed. However, if they report their income taxes as an employee, they may request 'voluntary ...

Resources

Stacking Up Electronics In The Church

Stacking Up Electronics In The Church

Explore legal issues for cell phone use, texting, and email for church workers.
Creating a Safety Team

Creating a Safety Team

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