Six Insights About Summer Slump
Six Insights About Summer Slump 
Some churches keep their ministries robust during the so-called “downtime.”

“I hate summer attendance!”

That sentence came from a pastor whose church is consistently down in attendance in the summer. Indeed, his sentiments were echoed in many conversations I had with pastors. The conversation began at the consulting and coaching hub at ChurchAnswers.com. ...

Religious and Individual Giving Dipped in 2018 
Newly released philanthropy report reveals decreases in giving that may, in part, be due to tax policy changes.
Religious and Individual Giving Dipped in 2018

Individual giving took a hit in 2018, with a decline from the previous year of 1.1 percent (or a decrease of 3.4 percent when adjusted for inflation), according to Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018—a highly anticipated study produced ...

Hey, Fletch: Are Discounts to Church Events Taxable Income? 
Understanding what IRS Publication 15-B and IRC Section 132(a)(2) does and doesn’t say.
Hey, Fletch: Are Discounts to Church Events Taxable Income?

We want to offer all staff who work 32 hours a week or more discounts to church retreats and functions. Does the “employee discounts” exclusion outlined in IRS Publication 15-B apply or must discounts be treated as taxable income to the employees? The publication ...

Atheist Organization Opts Not to Appeal Housing Allowance Ruling 
Group says its arguments hold merit, but success at Supreme Court unlikely.
Atheist Organization Opts Not to Appeal Housing Allowance Ruling

The atheist nonprofit group challenging tax-free housing allowances for qualifying ministers says it is ending its fight for now.

In a statement issued Friday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said it will not seek review from the US Supreme Court after an appellate ...

Does a gift to support a camp counselor have tax implications? 
Does a gift to support a camp counselor have tax implications?

Q: A college student from our church will be a volunteer counselor at a Christian camp this summer. Our church will give the camp $600 from our mission budget and give him $900 from the mission budget as a gift for his service. He is not an employee of the church. Is there a ...

Could Your Church Face an ADA Noncompliance Lawsuit for Its Website or App? 
What to know about this rising trend in litigation.
Could Your Church Face an ADA Noncompliance Lawsuit for Its Website or App?

Our webhost recently brought to my attention a trend in lawsuits targeting websites and apps for their failures to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Could your church or ministry face such a claim? I have good news—read on!

With Interest Rates Up, Should Churches Borrow to Build? 
Some considerations regarding debt to fund expansion or new construction.
With Interest Rates Up, Should Churches Borrow to Build?

The News

In early 2019, Bankrate.com indicated borrowing costs continue to rise. And while a new report on May 31 suggested increasing inflation may slow increases to interest rates affecting loans, the overall view is that borrowing for the foreseeable future will cost ...

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12 Law & Tax Guidelines for New Ministers

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Creating a Disaster Preparation and Response Plan

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Learn the steps you can take now so you are ready to respond if a crisis unfolds.