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Ministerial Exception • Tax Fraud Allegations • Church Protests Liquor Store: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Ministerial Exception • Tax Fraud Allegations • Church Protests Liquor Store: News Roundup
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Court Dismisses Gender Discrimination Claim Due to Ministerial Exception. “In Fratello v. Archdiocese of New York . . . the US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals held that the principal of a Catholic elementary school is barred by the ‘ministerial exception’ doctrine ...

Hiring Involves Strategic Planning and Careful Budgeting
Don't hire before you ask a few key questions.
Hiring Involves Strategic Planning and Careful Budgeting
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As a partner with the CPA firm CapinCrouse, Stan Reiff guides churches and other nonprofits through various parts of ministry, including strategic planning and ministry operations. Reiff recently talked to ManagingYourChurch.com about key issues related to hiring practices.

Where ...

5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer
Practical ways to encourage donations during these typically slower months.
5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer
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Giving is often a difficult topic for pastors to discuss with their congregations. The common worry is that no one likes to be told how to use their money. But donations are vital to keep the local church running effectively.

The Barna Group shares that only 5 percent of the ...

Church Cell Tower Leases and Zoning Laws
How to navigate the process smoothly and with minimal problems.
Church Cell Tower Leases and Zoning Laws
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Kevin Donohue spent decades building networks for wireless companies before switching sides to represent landowners through his work with Tower Genius—a consultant firm that helps churches, businesses, and private citizens with lease agreements. He spoke with ManagingYourChurch.com ...

Church Parking Lot Shooting • DOJ Hate Crime Task Force • Parking Lease Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Parking Lot Shooting • DOJ Hate Crime Task Force • Parking Lease Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Kentucky Church Security Cameras Record Parking Lot Shooting. “Louisville Police continue to investigate a shooting that happened Saturday night . . . Security cameras at the Church of Truth . . . captured the moment when the victim's car crashed into senior pastor ...

The Tricky World of Copier Leases and Purchases
What a church must consider before buying or leasing.
The Tricky World of Copier Leases and Purchases
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Vonna Laue is an expert on church finances. She served 20 years with a CPA firm focused on churches and ministries and is an editorial advisor for Church Finance Today. Here, she offers advice on navigating the complex world of copier leases and purchases.

What advice would you ...

Largest US Protestant Denomination Reports Rise in Pastor Salary, Decline in Benefits
What a study from the Southern Baptist Convention shows about changes in pastors' pay.
Largest US Protestant Denomination Reports Rise in Pastor Salary, Decline in Benefits
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The Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) biannual “SBC Church Compensation Study” revealed that compensation for full-time senior pastors within their denomination increased by 3.4 percent over the past two years, placing it well above growth rate for the consumer ...

Supreme Court Denies Church Case • Oklahoma Church Lawsuit • Bethel Church Gift: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Supreme Court Denies Church Case • Oklahoma Church Lawsuit • Bethel Church Gift: News Roundup
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Supreme Court Denies Review in Lutheran Church Retirement Plans Case. “The US Supreme Court today denied review in Evangelical Lutheran Church v. Bacon. . . . In the case, a Minnesota state court of appeals held that the First Amendment does not prevent a civil court from ...

How You Can Help Church Staff Determine Fair Pay
Take this survey that will provide data for the Church Law & Tax compensation handbook.
How You Can Help Church Staff Determine Fair Pay
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Many pastors and church staff members don’t know whether their pay is fair—but you can change that. If you work for a church, you can help by taking the National Church Compensation Survey (and encouraging others to take the survey, as well!).

Church Law & Tax’s ...

Salary Reductions • Boundary-Setting • Unliked—and That’s Okay: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Salary Reductions • Boundary-Setting • Unliked—and That’s Okay: Management Roundup
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1. Exercise caution with salary reduction agreements. “Many churches have established ‘salary reduction agreements’ to handle certain staff expenses. The objective is to reduce an employee's taxable income since only the income remaining after the various ...

Five Free Tax Articles for Churches and Clergy
Available for a limited time.
Five Free Tax Articles for Churches and Clergy
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"The preparation of ministers’ tax returns presents a number of challenging issues that often are not well understood," writes Richard Hammar in "Avoiding Costly Tax-filing Mistakes." "This can lead to innocent mistakes, which in turn can lead ...

Church Pay • Co-Worker Conundrum • Saving Time: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Church Pay • Co-Worker Conundrum • Saving Time: Management Roundup
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1. Setting fair pay for church pastors and staffs. Setting compensation packages for pastors and staff is a bit like Goldilocks' experiences with seeking perfect porridge. Churches can't pay too much (too hot!), given the budget constraints they often face and the potential ...

Church Payroll Audits • Getting Clarity • Leader Energy: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Church Payroll Audits • Getting Clarity • Leader Energy: Management Roundup
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1. New payroll audit protections for churches. “In the past, the IRS did not apply the protections of section 7611 to ‘employment tax inquiries’ in which the IRS sought to determine a church's compliance with payroll tax reporting requirements. The current ...

Financial Fraud in Churches: A Major Risk in 2017
Why church leaders should assess the way they collect and record money.
Financial Fraud in Churches: A Major Risk in 2017
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Editor’s Note: In a podcast on the 10 major trends for churches in 2017, Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe of LifeWay talk about financial fraud in churches and offer valuable insights for church leaders on the subject. We've highlighted part of this podcast.

Jonathan: ...

QuickBooks at Church • Punting Passivity • Team Teaching: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
QuickBooks at Church • Punting Passivity • Team Teaching: Management Roundup
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1. Making QuickBooks work for churches."Some accountants cringe at the name QuickBooks. However, I believe that if you are aware of the possible shortcomings and create a couple of good processes, you can use this software package successfully within your church. Here is ...

Substantiating Contributions • Stuck Ministries • Growing Others: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Substantiating Contributions • Stuck Ministries • Growing Others: Management Roundup
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1. Substantiating 2016 charitable contributions. "Churches should take the following two steps to ensure compliance with the requirement that their written acknowledgments to donors be contemporaneous: (1) issue contribution receipts as soon as possible after the close ...

Funding Fixes • Church Platforms • Seeking Laborers: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Funding Fixes • Church Platforms • Seeking Laborers: Management Roundup
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1. Funding unexpected repair jobs. "Every air-conditioning unit, every piece of carpet, every window, every light, and the entire roof will need to be replaced at some point. It's vital for leaders to recognize all of it needs to be replaced sooner or later. And setting ...

Dylann Roof Guilty • Embezzler Embezzles • Fake Church’s ‘Inurement’: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Dylann Roof Guilty • Embezzler Embezzles • Fake Church’s ‘Inurement’: News Roundup
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Dylann Roof Found Guilty of Murder, Hate Crimes. “Dylann Roof is guilty of murder and hate crimes, a federal jury decided Thursday in the slayings of nine people last year at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The next question is whether the jury will give ...

The Top Church Management Conferences for 2017
Training across the nation to gain knowledge in financial, legal, and risk matters.
The Top Church Management Conferences for 2017
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A number of conferences are available for those who work with legal, financial, and risk management matters for their church. Here are some we recommend:

1. 2017 XP-Seminar

This event, led by XPastor.org founder David Fletcher, educates and encourages executive pastors, senior ...

Church Productions • Online Giving • Sacrificial Leadership: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Church Productions • Online Giving • Sacrificial Leadership: Management Roundup
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1. Who owns volunteer-created material for church productions? "This case illustrates the Copyright Act is very clear about who owns something when it is created. Think of church volunteers. It may be a volunteer worship leader or a volunteer Sunday school teacher. A volunteer ...

Keeping Church Property Safe

Keeping Church Property Safe

Discover new and simple ways to better secure church property.
Preventing High-Tech Fraud

Preventing High-Tech Fraud

Prevent embezzlement through electronic funds transfers, identity theft, and computer forgery.