9 Steps Employers Should Take to Comply with the ADA
9 Steps Employers Should Take to Comply with the ADA 
What churches should be aware of as they hire and train staff members.
  1. Prepare job descriptions for all employees. Be sure to itemize essential job functions. These are functions that are job related and required by business necessity. Do not list functions that will not be required in performing the job in question.
  2. Review job application forms and eliminate any question that segregates or classifies applicants on the basis of disability.
IRS Sermon Oversight • False Tax Exemption • Sexual Abuse Charges: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
IRS Sermon Oversight • False Tax Exemption • Sexual Abuse Charges: News Roundup
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Survey Shows Protestant Pastors Oppose IRS Sermon Oversight. “In the 1950s, Congress banned charitable nonprofits—including churches—from endorsing candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the ...

11 Ways to Love Your Leader 
Tips for making the most of Pastor Appreciation Month.
11 Ways to Love Your Leader
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Some days I suspect the speed of change is surpassing the speed of sound.

The explosion of change in technology, communication, and the world booms all around. In the clamor, I anchor myself to the ancient truths found in the person of Jesus of Christ.

I’m not alone.

Millions ...

Birth Control Coverage • Sanctuary Church • Water Pressure Lawsuit: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Birth Control Coverage • Sanctuary Church • Water Pressure Lawsuit: News Roundup

Trump Administration Announces New Birth Control Rules. “More employers—including Christian-run businesses and nonprofits—can opt out of contraception coverage required under the Affordable Care Act thanks to new rules issued by the Trump administration. The ...

5 Takeaways from the Clergy Housing Allowance Ruling 
What a federal judge’s opinion does—and doesn’t—mean at this point.
5 Takeaways from the Clergy Housing Allowance Ruling

Editor’s Note: Last Friday, Judge Barbara Crabb of the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin struck down the ministerial housing allowance as an unconstitutional preference for religion. Senior Editor Richard R. Hammar offers five takeaways from this ruling, ...

How to Finish 2017 Strong 
Get a head start on year-end tasks.
How to Finish 2017 Strong
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The holidays are just around the corner—and unfortunately, the rush of the season can shift the focus away from essential tasks that need to be accomplished before the New Year.

This year, don’t be caught off guard when the end of December rolls around. Instead, jump ...

Wisconsin Federal Judge: Housing Allowance Violates Establishment Clause 
What a recent ruling might mean for pastors.
Wisconsin Federal Judge: Housing Allowance Violates Establishment Clause

On October 6, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that the housing allowance provided to clergy by the Internal Revenue Code is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

A similar ruling had been handed down in 2013 by the same Wisconsin judge, ...

Communicating During a Church Building Project

Communicating During a Church Building Project

Learn ways to keep communication at the forefront throughout your building project.
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Learn how to find the best solutions when choosing software and hardware for your church.