Safety

Trump and Johnson Amendment • W-2 Email Scam • Armed Church Security Guards: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Trump and Johnson Amendment • W-2 Email Scam • Armed Church Security Guards: News Roundup

Trump Claims He Will Repeal Johnson Amendment. “President Trump vowed on Thursday [February 2] to overturn a law restricting political speech by tax-exempt churches, a potentially huge victory for the religious right and a gesture to evangelicals, a voting bloc he attracted ...

Clergy at Trump’s Inauguration • Alabama Church Protection Act • Nebraska Church Break-In
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Clergy at Trump’s Inauguration • Alabama Church Protection Act • Nebraska Church Break-In

Record Number of Clergy Participate in Trump Inauguration. “Donald J. Trump placed his hand on two Bibles and took the oath of office in a swearing-in ceremony that featured prayers and pronouncements of God’s favor by the largest assortment of clergy in inaugural ...

Attempted Arson • Township Religious Discrimination • Baby Left at Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Attempted Arson • Township Religious Discrimination • Baby Left at Church: News Roundup

Dallas Presbyterian Church the Latest Victim of Attempted Church Arson. “A Fort Worth church was seriously damaged early Sunday during an attempted arson, police say. St. Stephen Presbyterian Church had its services cancelled Sunday morning while police investigated the ...

‘Sanctuary’ and Immigrants • Oregon Housing Ruling • Nativity Fire: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
‘Sanctuary’ and Immigrants • Oregon Housing Ruling • Nativity Fire: News Roundup

Churches Join ‘Sanctuary Movement’ to Protect and Aid Immigrants. “This downtown church is one of 450 houses of worship in the United States that have offered to provide sanctuary or other assistance to undocumented immigrants, according to leaders of the Sanctuary ...

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

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 10 Church Management Articles of 2016
Articles that drew the most interest on ManagingYourChurch.com
The Top 10 Church Management Articles of 2016

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 financial, legal, safety, and tax matters that church leaders often encounter in their work.

This list is based ...

Pastors Avoided Politics • Taxable Church Land • $132 Million Settlement Offer: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Pastors Avoided Politics • Taxable Church Land • $132 Million Settlement Offer: News Roundup

Survey Shows Most Churches Stayed Out of Politics This Year. “The tumultuous presidential campaign may have dominated conversation in other walks of life this year, but there was little explicit discussion about the election or the candidates in America’s houses ...

Overtime Change Blocked • Navajo Jurisdiction • Security Trend: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Overtime Change Blocked • Navajo Jurisdiction • Security Trend: News Roundup

New Overtime Rule’s Implementation Blocked by Federal Judge. “With just over a week before it was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge Tuesday blocked an Obama Administration rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to some four million Americans. ...

How to Safely Use Copyrighted Video During Church Services
An attorney answers the most common questions she receives about video copyright.
How to Safely Use Copyrighted Video During Church Services

You found a perfect video clip to highlight the deep spiritual point you wish to make on the platform. People will connect. Lives will be changed. But what is the risk in incorporating it into your message? And what, if anything, can you do to legally play the video clip?

Many ...

Trump-Inspired Hate Crimes • Armed Standoff • Bishop Wins Defamation Suit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Trump-Inspired Hate Crimes • Armed Standoff • Bishop Wins Defamation Suit: News Roundup

Two Churches Vandalized with Trump-Related Hate Speech. “St. David's Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana, was vandalized sometime Saturday night. Vandals painted tags on the walls, depicting a swastika, an anti-gay slur and ‘Heil Trump.’ And in Silver ...

Women Leaders Double • ‘Vote Trump’ Church Arson • Church Sued for Decades of Assault: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Women Leaders Double • ‘Vote Trump’ Church Arson • Church Sued for Decades of Assault: News Roundup

Women Church Leaders Double in 10 Years, Says Barna. “The US has doubled its number [of women church leaders] over the past ten years, according to the Barna Pastor Poll. . . . “According to the Barna study, about three out of ten church-going women say they are ...

What Churches Should Learn from the Recent DDoS Attack
Technological vulnerabilities exist, but some steps can help minimize risks.
What Churches Should Learn from the Recent DDoS Attack

Late last month, the world saw a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack of historic proportions. Anyone who uses a computer, tablet, smart phone, or web-enabled technology—including many churches and church leaders—needs to understand the significance of this ...

Serving Transients • Changing Clocks • Managing Overload: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Serving Transients • Changing Clocks • Managing Overload: Management Roundup

1. Helping church staff work with transients. “Provide training to church staff members on how to respond to transients. For many staff members, their introduction to working with transients occurs when the first needy person arrives at the church office. Have staff members ...

What Churches Can Do About the Most Common Discrimination Charge: Retaliation
How welcoming reports of wrongdoing actually helps your church.
What Churches Can Do About the Most Common Discrimination Charge: Retaliation

Recent surveys conducted by the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) reveal that some churches have no established written whistleblower policy.

When asked if their church had a written whistleblower policy, only 16.2 percent of the responses from non-ECFA ...

Archdiocese’s Abuse Compensation • Church Sponsor Sued for Scouts’ Behavior • Fewer Full-Time Pastors: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Archdiocese’s Abuse Compensation • Church Sponsor Sued for Scouts’ Behavior • Fewer Full-Time Pastors: News Roundup

Archdiocese’s Attempt to Compensate Abuse Victims May Not Go Far Enough. “[New York’s] Timothy Cardinal Dolan on Thursday [October 6] announced a new program to compensate child sex abuse victims attacked by clergy, but some lawmakers and advocates say it doesn’t ...

Civic Funds for Churches • Gay Student Sues over Dance • Public Split on Bathroom Views: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Civic Funds for Churches • Gay Student Sues over Dance • Public Split on Bathroom Views: News Roundup

Historic Churches Allowed to Use Town Funds for Renovations. “A Middlesex County Superior Court justice has ruled that the town of Acton, Massachusetts, can proceed with plans to use community preservation grants to renovate two churches. A national group that advocates ...

Condition Barring Sex Offender Unconstitutional • Pastor Admits ‘Misleading’ Abuse Statements: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Condition Barring Sex Offender Unconstitutional • Pastor Admits ‘Misleading’ Abuse Statements: News Roundup

Prohibition for Sex Offender on Church Attendance Ruled Unconstitutional. “In United States v. Hernandez (ED NY, Sept. 20, 2016), a New York federal district court held unconstitutional a condition of supervised release limiting church attendance that was imposed on defendant ...

Nonprofit Overtime Challenges • Driscoll Suit Gone • Church Shooting Avoided: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Nonprofit Overtime Challenges • Driscoll Suit Gone • Church Shooting Avoided: News Roundup

Nonprofits and Their Workers Face Challenges under New Overtime Guidelines. “When faced with dwindling funding, one response would be to cut a program or reduce the number of people an organization serves. But nonprofit leaders have shown themselves very reluctant to do ...

Interview: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in the Church
What churches should know and the steps they should take to protect children.
Interview: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in the Church

Attorney Richard Hammar gives six key steps churches should take to mitigate the risk of child sexual abuse in churches. Not only are Hammar’s six steps the most effective in preventing abuse, they are considered the set of reasonable measures churches should take in order ...

Gender Identity Ruling • Same-Sex Weddings • Shooter Wounds Church Members: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Gender Identity Ruling • Same-Sex Weddings • Shooter Wounds Church Members: News Roundup

Texas Court Rules on Gender Identity Case. “In a decision handed down [August 21], a Texas federal district court issued a preliminary injunction applicable nationwide barring the federal government from enforcing Guidelines issued earlier this year interpreting Title ...

When the IRS Comes Knocking

When the IRS Comes Knocking

Insight into key issues the IRS will scrutinize when they audit ministers.
Essential Guide to Money for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Money for Church Boards

Church board members should have a basic understanding of these financial issues.