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Continuing education for ministry leaders

Welcome! On this page, you will find lessons, articles, and resources specifically tailored to your role as a treasurer/bookkeeper at your church.

Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on your role. The current lesson is featured below, as well as the links to the previous two weeks’ lessons.


In addition, various articles that pertain to your position—from Church Law & Tax Report, Church Finance Today, and our exclusive web-only content—are listed here for your convenience, as well as recommended resources from the Church Law & Tax Store.

Treasurer/Bookkeeper

This Week's Lesson
Week of February 18

Substantiating Cash Contributions Subscriber access only

Introduction

Our lesson this week examines the topic of Substantiating Cash Contributions. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge ...

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Articles

Continuing Education Subscriber access only

Taxable income in relation to continuing education

Employee or Self-Employed Subscriber access only

Employment status for tax reporting purposes

Preparing Form 1099s Subscriber access only

Employment status pertaining to the use of Form 1099s for tax reporting purposes
Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be

Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be

A church administrator’s perspective.

Q&A: What Counts as a Tax-Deductible Donation? Subscriber access only

What is—and isn't—tax-deductible for donors who attend a church fundraising event.
Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s

Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s

What pastors and church staff can learn about the power of compounding.
Lunch Expenses for Church Staff—Business or Personal?

Lunch Expenses for Church Staff—Business or Personal? Subscriber access only

How to determine what your church should be paying for.
5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer

5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer

Practical ways to encourage donations during these typically slower months.
Is the Church Fax Machine Still Needed?

Is the Church Fax Machine Still Needed?

How fax technology has changed, and what this means for churches.
Cell Tower Leases: Easy Money or Never-ending Headaches?

Cell Tower Leases: Easy Money or Never-ending Headaches? Subscriber access only

What churches need to know before renting their property to a communications company.
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2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide 

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
Church Finance

Church Finance 

Learn about budgeting, financial reporting, tax compliance, insurance coverage, and more
Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions

Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions  Subscriber access only

Practical help and clear understanding on issues surrounding charitable contributions.
2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide Subscriber access only

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
Reducing the Risk

Reducing the Risk  Subscriber access only

Keep your church safe from child sexual abuse.