Interview: The Definition—and Danger—of 'Inurement'
Interview: The Definition—and Danger—of 'Inurement'
Richard Hammar offers a definition for a common mistake that can have serious consequences.

While you may have heard the word “inurement,” you may be unsure of its definition. In this interview, Richard Hammar provides a definition of inurement.

Could inurement have implications for a church’s tax-exempt status? Hammar addresses instances where ministries ...

Pastors Challenge Gay Therapy Ban • Anti-Gay Pastor Sued • Increased Clergy Pay: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Pastors Challenge Gay Therapy Ban • Anti-Gay Pastor Sued • Increased Clergy Pay: News Roundup

Illinois Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Brings Lawsuit from Pastors. “A group of pastors is suing Illinois over a law that bars therapists and counselors from trying to change a minor's sexual orientation, saying in a Thursday [August 11] filing that the prohibition violates ...

Who Should Know What People Give?
A look at six perspectives.
Who Should Know What People Give?

The question "Who should be able to see individual church giving records?" is difficult to answer. Indeed, it is such a difficult question that I will not attempt to give a concrete answer. I will let you know what I’ve done in the past and six perspectives:

Conflict of Interest Policies • Adding Volunteers • Decision-helpers: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Conflict of Interest Policies • Adding Volunteers • Decision-helpers: Management Roundup

1. Why churches need conflict of interest policies. "(T)he importance of handling conflicts of interest with integrity (is) clear for at least two major reasons. (1) Conflicts of interest can pose threats to church leaders maintaining their biblical duty of stewardship ...

    The Zika Virus and International Church Trips
    What churches need to know before they travel.
    The Zika Virus and International Church Trips

    As churches and church leaders prepare for international missions trips or other activities, they must anticipate in advance any safety, security, or health related concerns participants might encounter during the trip. Churches planning to travel to some areas internationally ...

    Insurance Premium Pay • Oklahoma Hate Crime • ECFA Governance Survey: News Roundup
    This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
    Insurance Premium Pay • Oklahoma Hate Crime • ECFA Governance Survey: News Roundup

    Bill Introduced to Allow Churches to Pay Individuals’ Insurance Premiums. “As churches and charities are legally shut out of helping pay people’s high medical costs in most states, congressmen and advocates are rallying . . . ‘People with chronic, rare, ...

    Accountability Systems
    One basic principle and six simple steps help protect a church's finances.
    Accountability Systems

    I’m not naturally a systems guy. But I’ve learned that good systems aren’t about stifling creativity or spontaneity; they’re about increasing accountability and stewardship.

    I spend several hours each week building and maintaining proper systems. I and ...

    Avoiding Church Lawsuits

    Avoiding Church Lawsuits

    Create proactive procedures to avoid common reasons why churches most often go to court.
    When the IRS Comes Knocking

    When the IRS Comes Knocking

    Insight into key issues the IRS will scrutinize when they audit ministers.