The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2014
Articles that drew the most interest on ManagingYourChurch.com
The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2014

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the past year with a top 10 list. The list of the most popular articles on ManagingYourChuch.com shows the variety of tax, legal, and financial matters that church leaders often encounter in their work.

This list is based on unique page views in 2014. Each post is highlighted below, starting with the tenth-most uniquely viewed post and building up to the first-most. Each item in the list also includes the post's title, author, description, and related articles and resources that go deeper on the subject.

10. "When a Sex Offender Wants to Attend Church"
Steps to take when deciding what to do when a convicted sex offender wants to worship at your church.

Related Article: "Q&A: Notifying the Congregation of a Sex Offender" by Richard R. Hammar, Church Law & Tax Report, November/December 2010
Related Resources: Reducing the Risk and Draw the Line: Relational Boundaries for Safe Youth Ministry.

9. "10 Tips for Counting Cash" by Laura Brown
Collecting money and bringing it to the bank are only one part of counting cash—record keeping and effective internal controls are also essential to this process.

Related Article: "Protecting the Church Offering" by Michelle Dowell, ManagingYourChuch.com
Related Resource: Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions

8. "Q&A: Out-of-Pocket Expenses" by Elaine Sommerville
Ever wonder if, instead of being reimbursed for ministry expenses, volunteers can turn their receipts in and count them as a charitable contribution? Elaine Sommerville offers help with this question.

Related Article: This article is adapted from the first part of a two-part Q&A on ChurchLawAndTax.com.
Related Resources: Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions and Receipts for Donors

7. "The Top 7 Paid Positions at Churches" by Marian Liautaud
Christianity Today's 2011 survey of compensation levels based on 4,600 participating churches reveals the top seven paid positions based on gender.

Related Articles: See the results from a more recent edition of this compensation survey in "Salary and Benefit Breakdown for Senior Pastors." Also, see "Paying the Pastor" by Richard R. Hammar, ChurchLawAndTax.com
Related Resources: 2014-2015 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff and Setting a Pastor's Pay

6. "5 Apps for Tracking Receipts" by Samuel Ogles
A list of five user-friendly apps that church leaders can use to track receipts. And they're all free.

Related Articles: "5 Tech Tools to Manage Pastoral Ministry" by Justin Deeter, ManagingYourChurch.com, and "Tracking Expenses–Why Churches Must Do Better," Church Law & Tax Report, March/April 2013
Related Resources: Mastering Business Expenses and Record Keeping.

5. "10 Tips on Managing Church" by Tim Clark
Veteran pastor Tim Clark shares ten points he has learned about church administration.

Related Article: "The 10 Commandments of Church Management" by Frank Sommerville and Elaine Sommerville, ManagingYourChurch.com
Related Resources: Best Practices for Managing Church Staff

4. ".church Domain Names Available Soon" by D. J. Chuang
The domain name .church recently became available, and we listed five reasons your church should consider registering a .church domain name.

Related Article: "What Churches Should Know about Trademarks and Website Addresses" by Richard R. Hammar, Church Law & Tax Report, July/August 2014
Related Resource: Untangling the Web

3. "Finding Grants for Church Building Campaigns" by Joy Skjegstad
Churches that serve the community may be eligible for outside funds. Learn how.

Related Article: "Building on Budget" by Kevin Miller, Church Finance Today, May 2013
Related Resource: Financing a Church Building Project

2. "Are Churches Legally Required to Issue Statements for Every Contribution?" by Matt Branaugh
Richard Hammar and Frank Sommerville bring clarity to an oft-misunderstood question with legal ramifications.

Related Articles: "Deduction Denied Due to Lack of Proof" by Richard R. Hammar, Church Finance Today, December 2014; and "A Tax Reminder for Donors"
Related Resource: 2015 Charitable Contributions Bulletin Inserts

1. "A Breakdown of Salaries and Benefits for Senior Pastors" by Marian V. Liautaud
Christianity Today's 2011 survey of compensation levels based on 4,600 participating churches shows that a pastor's salary may be much different than take-home pay. An infographic displays these results.

Related Articles: See the results from a more recent edition of this compensation survey in "Salary and Benefit Breakdown for Senior Pastors." Also, see "Paying the Pastor" by Richard R. Hammar, ChurchLawAndTax.com
Related Resources: 2014-2015 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff and Setting a Pastor's Pay

Thanks for visiting our blog this year. If you had a favorite article that wasn't on this list, share it with us in the comment section below.

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