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

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 ...

Tracking Expenses During Mission Trips
What church leaders should know about documenting expenses in foreign countries
Tracking Expenses During Mission Trips

Many foreign countries have no sophisticated system of receipting expenditures and many mission trip leaders fail to understand the documentation standards placed on a U.S. exempt organization. The trip leader should understand the following:

  • The dollars he or she cannot specifically account for will be his or her responsibility to return to the church at the end of the trip. There is no presumption of exempt purpose;
IRS Oversight Gets Sued • No Big Church Signs • Revoking a Baptism: News Roundup
This week's news headlines that affect churches.
IRS Oversight Gets Sued • No Big Church Signs • Revoking a Baptism: News Roundup

IRS Oversight Gets Sued

IRS Is Sued for Investigating Churches

In July 2014, the IRS announced that in accordance with an agreement it reached with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, it had been monitoring some 99 churches and other houses of worship for electioneering and ...

Faith and Law Are Key Reasons for Vaccinations
Why ministry is helped when church leaders consider creating vaccination policies
Faith and Law Are Key Reasons for Vaccinations

Concern for vaccines and their negative effects has grown in recent years. That concern has translated into action: parents refusing vaccines for their children for religious or health reasons (or both). Christianity Today notes that “Vaccination rates are so low in ...

Resources

Your Guide To Employee Handbooks

Your Guide To Employee Handbooks

If updated regularly, an employee handbook can offer valuable legal protection against civil court claims made by disgruntled staff members.
Safeguarding Your Church from Fires

Safeguarding Your Church from Fires

Practical steps to protect your building and people from a church fire.