How to Respond When Mass Tragedy Strikes Church Members
How to Respond When Mass Tragedy Strikes Church Members
A plan for responding to the media and increase in inquiries is critical.

I serve on staff at a church that has been touched by more than one mass tragedy. There is no perfect set of rules to navigate these issues—they are unexpected, they bring feelings of grief so deep we wonder if the cavern of loss has an end. They feel inexplicable and ...

New Boy Scouts Policy • Cross Burnings • Charleston Shooter: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
New Boy Scouts Policy • Cross Burnings • Charleston Shooter: News Roundup
  1. Accused Charleston shooter indicted. “A federal grand jury has indicted the 21-year-old South Carolina man accused of killing nine people last month at a historically black church on hate crime charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday. Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder in South Carolina state court stemming from the Charleston shooting, and could face the death penalty there. Some of the 33 federal charges also are capital offenses, though Lynch said no decisions have been made on whether to seek the death penalty” ("Accused Charleston Shooter to Face Federal Hate Crime Charges," Bloomberg.)
Deciding If an Employee Needs to Go
It's not easy, but sometimes this important decision needs to be made.
Deciding If an Employee Needs to Go

One of the hardest decisions a church leader makes is to release someone from employment. I’ve only known a few very callous people who weren’t extremely burdened by having to fire someone. Making this kind of employment decision comes with the sobering reality ...

Midyear Treasurer's Checklist • Strengthening Small Churches • Vision Statements: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Midyear Treasurer's Checklist • Strengthening Small Churches • Vision Statements: Management Roundup

1. A midyear church finance checkup. “Finish the year strong by tackling 10 church finance tasks now, including this one: Unrestricted revenues. Are year-to-date unrestricted revenues at or near the year-to-date unrestricted revenue budget? If the answer is no: Which line ...

The ACA Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Fee
Some self-insured health plans are required to pay by July 31.
The ACA Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Fee

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some issuers of specified health insurance policies and plan sponsors of applicable self-insured health plans are required to pay a fee that helps fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

The fee is ...

Nuns Lose ACA Fight • Tax-Exempt Shields • Disabled Women Abused: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Nuns Lose ACA Fight • Tax-Exempt Shields • Disabled Women Abused: News Roundup

Nuns Lose ACA Fight

Nuns Lose Latest Court Battle to Avoid Contraception Mandate

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”), the Little Sisters of the Poor are required to comply with the law’s requirement that they allow their insurers to offer free ...

Volunteer Versus Employee Positions: How to Decide Which Is Best
Three ways to tell that it's time to hire.
Volunteer Versus Employee Positions: How to Decide Which Is Best

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  1. We hire if the volunteer becomes overworked in his or her role at church. Early in one of my churches, I discovered that the treasurer of the church, a man at ease with numbers and spreadsheets, had to spend 20 hours a week doing the church’s books. That was unfair to him and unfair to his family. So we brought on a part-time bookkeeper.

Resources

Manage Your Church's Financial Future

Manage Your Church's Financial Future

Assess your current financial health and create a financial plan.
Protecting Electronic Data

Protecting Electronic Data

Protect your data from hackers, malicious software, and possible liabilities.