9 Ways to Reverse a Downward Giving Trend
9 Ways to Reverse a Downward Giving Trend 

Here are some of the steps our church has discovered by trial-and-error in the last couple of years that have helped us slow down, then reverse, a downward giving trend in our church.

1. Emphasize generosity, not just giving

The Bible is full of great teaching about stewardship ...

    Pastor’s Confession • Tax Refund Denial • More Sanctuary Churches: News Roundup 
    This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
    Pastor’s Confession • Tax Refund Denial • More Sanctuary Churches: News Roundup
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    Pastor Confesses “Sexual Incident” to Congregation. “The Memphis, Tennessee, congregants broke into 25 seconds of applause after the pastor confessed to a 1998 ‘sexual incident’ with a teenager and asked for their forgiveness. Now 42, pastor Andy ...

    Minister’s Parole • Low-Income Church Communities • Religious Freedom Case: News Roundup 
    This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
    Minister’s Parole • Low-Income Church Communities • Religious Freedom Case: News Roundup
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    Minister’s Parole Conditions Regarding Church Attendance Are Challenged. “In Manning v. Powers . . . a California federal district court granted a preliminary injunction banning the government from enforcing two parole conditions imposed on Sherman Manning, a Baptist ...

    Deadlines Extended for Forms 1095-B and 1095-C 
    IRS pushes due date to March 2018.
    Deadlines Extended for Forms 1095-B and 1095-C
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    The IRS has announced extended deadlines for two forms: 1095-B and 1095-C.

    The IRS notice (released on December 22, 2017) states the new deadline as March 2, 2018; the original deadline had been January 31, 2018.

    However, the electronic filing deadlines of February 28 or April ...

    FEMA and Churches • Public Accommodation Law • Immigration Agents at Church: News Roundup 
    This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
    FEMA and Churches • Public Accommodation Law • Immigration Agents at Church: News Roundup
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    Churches Now Eligible for FEMA Disaster Aid. “Churches suing the US government for funds to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey received some good news at the start of 2018: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has revised its policies to make churches eligible for ...

    Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must” 
    Here are 4 reasons to take thorough, accurate minutes at your meetings.
    Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must”
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    Taking minutes arguably tops the list of “most thankless jobs,” and those who assume the role often wish they hadn’t been such a willing volunteer. But accurate minutes are a parliamentary procedure “must” for all nonprofits—including homeowners’ ...

      The Tax Law and Churches • Cardinal’s Controversial Funeral • Guns in Texas Churches: News Roundup 
      This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
      The Tax Law and Churches • Cardinal’s Controversial Funeral • Guns in Texas Churches: News Roundup

      The Tax Law’s Effects on Churches and Pastors.The GOP Tax Bill Just Passed. Here’s What Church Leaders Need to Know. “On December 20, the Republican bill overhauling the tax code passed a final vote in the House and went to President Trump’s desk. [President ...

      Church Issues: Waivers and Release Forms and Church Liability

      Church Issues: Waivers and Release Forms and Church Liability

      What these documents do—and don't do—based on statutes and court decisions made nationwide.
      Best Practices for Technology Usage

      Best Practices for Technology Usage

      Establish policies and best practices to govern the use of technology for church staff.