Protect Your Church with Reference and Background Checks
Protect Your Church with Reference and Background Checks
4 tips on using these well when hiring a new pastor.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your hiring process is skipping the background and reference checks on your potential new Lead Pastor. A reference check is your opportunity to protect your church and learn how your pastor candidate has led congregations and staffs ...

    New York Statute of Limitations • Virtual Currency Donations • Oklahoma Contractors: News Roundup
    This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
    New York Statute of Limitations • Virtual Currency Donations • Oklahoma Contractors: News Roundup

    New York Legislature Weighs Abuse Statute of Limitations Extension Law. “As the New York state legislature plans to close up shop for its annual session by the end of this month [June], the Catholic bishops are hoping to run out the clock on a bill that would lift the ...

    6 Ways My Church Uses Google Apps
    How these tools improve productivity and collaboration.
    6 Ways My Church Uses Google Apps

    At my church, we recently implemented Google apps into our workflow, and it has greatly helped our productivity, communication, and teamwork. Google apps are free to nonprofit organizations—including churches—that apply for a charity license.

    Here are six ways we ...

    Cutting Church Staff • Declining Requests • Networking at Conferences: Management Roundup
    Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
    Cutting Church Staff • Declining Requests • Networking at Conferences: Management Roundup

    1. Before you cut church staff. "Church leaders who consider terminating employees for expense reduction purposes should remember churches are exempt from both the federal and state unemployment compensation tax and benefit systems. Accordingly, terminated employees will ...

    LGBT Legislation by State • Churches Less Political • Bishops’ Removal: News Roundup
    This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
    LGBT Legislation by State • Churches Less Political • Bishops’ Removal: News Roundup

    LGBT Rights Proposals by State. “Legislation has been proposed in states across the country addressing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, including some proposals that critics say would legalize discrimination. Many of the proposals would protect ...

    BREAKING—2015 Marks Record-Breaking Year for American Charitable Donations
    A new report finds that 2015 was “America’s most generous year ever.”
    BREAKING—2015 Marks Record-Breaking Year for American Charitable Donations

    In 2015, Americans were more generous with their money than ever before, according to a new report from Giving USA.

    The report, published on June 14, stated that the total dollar amount of charitable donations for the year was an estimated $373.25 billion, beating the 2014 record ...

    When a Pastor Is Suspected of Misconduct, Should the Congregation Know?
    Consider the legal concerns of communicating the allegation.
    When a Pastor Is Suspected of Misconduct, Should the Congregation Know?

    A false allegation [of a pastor's misconduct] could lead to a lawsuit for slander—especially if the pastor denies the allegations, said Frank Sommerville, a Houston-based attorney who specializes in legal issues facing churches.

    “You are walking a tightrope in ...

    Food Safety Guide: Church Potlucks and More

    Food Safety Guide: Church Potlucks and More

    Learn how to safely prepare and store foods before your next church dinner.
    Legal Issues for Pastors: Volume 1 of Pastor, Church & Law

    Legal Issues for Pastors: Volume 1 of Pastor, Church & Law

    Understand the laws affecting pastors and why they are important to know.