New Rules for Faith-Based Services • Nuns Granted Stay • Prayer at Schools: News Roundup
New Rules for Faith-Based Services • Nuns Granted Stay • Prayer at Schools: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
  1. New Rules for Faith-Based Social Services Proposed by White House. “The Obama administration released proposed rules August 5 designed to protect the religious freedom of people who receive social services from government-funded religious programs. The regulations, involving nine federal agencies, would extend rules from a 2010 executive order so they last beyond this administration, said Melissa Rogers, director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. … The rules include notifying social ser­vice beneficiaries that they cannot be discriminated against based on their religious beliefs and may request an alternative provider if they object to the religious nature of the current provider. … ‘For example, if a faith-based pro­vider offers a Bible study as well as a federally supported job training program, the Bible study must be privately funded and separated in time or location from the job training program,’ Rogers said in an announcement of the proposed rules" (“White House proposes rules on faith-based social services,” The Christian Century).
When Carpeting Is Risky
Churches can be legally responsible for injuries suffered from falls due to carpeting, throw rugs, and runners.
When Carpeting Is Risky

Carpeting can cause slips and falls in a number of ways. Throw rugs on a wood or tile floor often slide unless they are positioned on a nonskid mat. Carpeting can curl around the edges and not lie flat on the floor. As a result, people can catch their shoes on the edge and ...

Screening Benevolence • Leading Vs. Managing • No 'Know-It-Alls': Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Screening Benevolence • Leading Vs. Managing • No 'Know-It-Alls': Management Roundup

1. Screening benevolence requests. "'We strongly recommend an application that helps gather a person's data,' advise Elaine and Frank Sommerville, both editorial advi­sors for SkillBuilders. Churches can use a smaller application for smaller requests, for ...

‘Megareverend’ John Oliver • Tax-Exempt Jeopardy • False Invoices: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
‘Megareverend’ John Oliver • Tax-Exempt Jeopardy • False Invoices: News Roundup
  1. John Oliver Takes on IRS’s Loose Definition of ‘Church.’ “‘Last Week Tonight’ host John Oliver launched his own fiery brand of televangelism on Sunday, August 16, to criticize the Internal Revenue Service’s hands-off approach to faith-based fraudsters who promise prosperity, at a price. The HBO satirist, who goes by ‘Megareverend’ and CEO of Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption, said he established the church ‘to test the legal and financial limits of what religious entities are able to do’” (“‘Megareverence’ John Oliver Trolls Televangelists with New Tax-Exempt Church,” Religion News Service).
A Tool to Increase Giving: The Church Bulletin
How you present financial information matters
A Tool to Increase Giving: The Church Bulletin

Only one inch of bulletin space is usually all that is available to communicate a weekly financial update, and it is important to identify information that accurately paints a picture of where the church is financially and encourages people to be generous.

10 Budgeting Mistakes • Inspiring Impatience? • Managing Toxic People: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
10 Budgeting Mistakes • Inspiring Impatience? • Managing Toxic People: Management Roundup

1. 10 common church budget mistakes. "Does your church make any of these 10 common budget mistakes?

  • Not allowing for enough time to prepare the budget.
  • Not knowing in advance the expected results of spending money.
  • Not proving the need to spend more money.
  • Not providing enough money to do the job right.
What I Learned About the Church's Legal and Financial Responsibilities
Five areas that you may not be aware are putting your church at risk
What I Learned About the Church's Legal and Financial Responsibilities

I joined the Church Law & Tax Team of Christianity Today about a year ago. During my time on the team, my eyes were really opened to areas of church responsibility that I was pretty oblivious to before my time here. With that in mind, I wanted to share some areas of concern ...

Resources

Liability & Church and State Issues: Volume 4 of Pastor, Church & Law

Liability & Church and State Issues: Volume 4 of Pastor, Church & Law

Learn which local, state, and federal laws apply to religious organizations.
Creating Child Protection Policies

Creating Child Protection Policies

Create solid policies and procedures that will properly screen your staff and keep your kids safe.