Hey, Fletch: Should We Use Time Cards for Pastors?
Hey, Fletch: Should We Use Time Cards for Pastors? 
When work ethic comes into question, is documentation a suitable solution?

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.

    Over 1,000 Children Abused by Pennsylvania Priests Over Decades 
    New grand jury report catalogs astonishing breadth of child sexual abuse by priests.
    Over 1,000 Children Abused by Pennsylvania Priests Over Decades

    A damning report was issued Tuesday by a grand jury in Pennsylvania tasked with investigating allegations of child sexual abuse and cover-ups by Pennsylvania Catholic priests and diocesan officials.

    The report investigated six of the eight Catholic dioceses in the state. (The ...

      Organist Gets Ministerial Exception • HSA Changes? • iTunes Scam: News Roundup 
      This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
      Organist Gets Ministerial Exception • HSA Changes? • iTunes Scam: News Roundup

      Church Organist Gets Ministerial Exception. “In Sterlinski v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago, (ND IL, July 23, 2018), an Illinois federal district court held that the ministerial exception doctrine applies to an organist at a Catholic parish. Plaintiff claims he was demoted ...

      Abuse Claims Again the Top Reason Churches Go to Court 
      Analysis of 2017 data also shows property disputes, zoning issues among the top problems.
      Abuse Claims Again the Top Reason Churches Go to Court

      I do a litigation review every year for church leaders based on about 12,000 cases I read pertaining to religious organizations across all 50 states and the federal courts. I systematically categorize them by type to help understand the top reasons religious organizations, including ...

      3 Audiences for Church Financial Reports to Consider 
      The people you need to keep in the know when creating financial statements.
      3 Audiences for Church Financial Reports to Consider
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      General membership

      First, there is the general membership. Members use financial statements to help them reach certain conclusions on the status of the church. For example, if the church is doing well financially, members will generally place more confidence in the abilities ...

        Candidate Handout • Audit Protection Limits • Legionnaire’s at Church: News Roundup 
        This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
        Candidate Handout • Audit Protection Limits • Legionnaire’s at Church: News Roundup

        Chicago Mayoral Candidate Hands Out $200,000 at Church Event. “Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson apparently did not violate election law by handing out more than $200,000 in cash and checks Sunday to people at an event he attended with Gov. Bruce Rauner at a South Side church, ...

        Hey, Fletch: A Board Member No Longer Gives to the Church 
        How to approach a board member who isn’t engaging with the church’s mission.
        Hey, Fletch: A Board Member No Longer Gives to the Church
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        In this biweekly column, longtime executive pastor and and XPastor.org founder 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. ...

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