What’s the Status of the Clergy Housing Allowance?
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What’s the Status of the Clergy Housing Allowance? 
Updates on court timelines, the appeal, and more.

The ministerial housing allowance is “the most important tax benefit available to ministers”—but since October 2017, that benefit has faced an uncertain future.

A refresher: On October 6, Judge Barbara Crabb of the District Court for the Western District of ...

    Tithing Research • SBC Leader Apologizes • Church Political Sign: News Roundup 
    This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
    Tithing Research • SBC Leader Apologizes • Church Political Sign: News Roundup
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    Research Shows Half of Protestant Churchgoers Tithe to Ministries Outside of Church. “Most churchgoers say the Bible commands them to give. But their tithes don’t always go in the offering plate. Half of Protestant churchgoers say their tithes can go to a Christian ...

    When Expenses Are Higher than Your Budget 
    Does your policy have the answer on what to do?
    When Expenses Are Higher than Your Budget
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    For churches that view the operating budget as an expense control mechanism, the matter of how to deal with expenditures in excess of budgeted amounts is an important element of policy that is poorly developed in many churches.

    For example, a church operating budget will typically ...

    Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor? 
    Tips for convincing leadership that the executive pastor role is a necessary one.
    Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor?
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    In this biweekly column, longtime executive pastor and XPastor.orgfounder David Fletcher takes on readers’ questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more. Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to editor@churchlawandtax.com.

    Thom Rainer Made ‘Peanuts’ as a Pastor 30 Years Ago. Today, Many in Ministry Make Even Less. 
    What one leader’s story can tell us about compensation culture in the church.
    Thom Rainer Made ‘Peanuts’ as a Pastor 30 Years Ago. Today, Many in Ministry Make Even Less.
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    The other day, I was listening to Thom Rainer’s recent podcast on “what to do if your church does not pay you adequately.” In it, Rainer’s cohost, Jonathan Howe, prompts him to tell a story about his early years in ministry, highlighting his financial ...

      Oklahoma Laws • Southern Baptist Controversy • Exempt Status: News Roundup 
      This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
      Oklahoma Laws • Southern Baptist Controversy • Exempt Status: News Roundup
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      Oklahoma Passes Two Laws Affecting Church Security, Ten Commandments Displays. “[T]he Oklahoma legislature sent two bills to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature. HB 2177 authorizes the display of the Ten Commandments and other historical documents on public property. The ...

      3 Areas to Consider in Evaluating Your Church’s Emergency Preparedness  
      Make sure you have plans in place for various categories of emergencies.
      3 Areas to Consider in Evaluating Your Church’s Emergency Preparedness
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      What would happen to your ministry if one of your key church leaders dies? Or who would be prepared to step in if one of the pastoral staff gets into a serious car accident and becomes disabled? Are you ready to deal with these occurrences?

      Emergency preparation is geared toward ...

      Safe Hiring Practices for Ministries

      Safe Hiring Practices for Ministries  Subscriber access only

      Essential items to consider before you bring new clergy or staff on board.
      Draw the Line: Relational Boundaries for Safe Youth Ministry

      Draw the Line: Relational Boundaries for Safe Youth Ministry Subscriber access only

      Proactively protect the students, leaders, and pastors at your church.