The 10 Commandments of Church Management
The 10 Commandments of Church Management 
Apply these principles to stay legal and keep your witness intact.

I. Thou shalt not allow the church's intellectual property to be used for personal purposes.

Rule: Under the work for hire doctrine, any property developed within the scope of the job duties of an employee is the property of the employer.

Practice Tip: An intellectual property ...
Are Churches Legally Required to Issue Statements for Every Contribution? 
Reader: What about a one-time donation of only $10?
Are Churches Legally Required to Issue Statements for Every Contribution?
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We recently fielded this question from a church administrator in Virginia:

Is there a minimum gift amount for which a contribution statement must be issued? For instance, if someone visited the church one Sunday and dropped a $10 check in the offering plate, is the church obligated ...
Tackling Potential Legal Issues in the Church 
A national conference offers a balance of professional expertise and spiritual fellowship for Christian leaders.
Tackling Potential Legal Issues in the Church

As the current president of the Christian Legal Society (CLS), Attorney Sally Wagenmaker is well-acquainted with myriad potential legal issues facing the church today. With this in mind, she led efforts to add a “Pastors’ Forum” to the CLS national conference ...

New Email Scam Targets Payroll 
Churches should verify that requests for bank account changes are legitimate.
New Email Scam Targets Payroll

A new email scam poses a significant threat to employers including churches, says Batts Morrison Wales & Lee (BMWL). The accounting firm issued this warning on September 13:

BMWL has learned from multiple sources about a new attempted scam related to employee payroll direct ...
Is Your Church Paying Fair Salaries? 
Attracting and keeping quality employees while practicing good stewardship.
Is Your Church Paying Fair Salaries?

One of the most common questions we get when helping churches manage their employee search relates to compensation. While I wish there was a one-size-fits-all answer for this question, the truth is that every church is unique and needs to answer this question for itself.

When ...

    The Newest Technology Isn’t Always the Best Technology 
    Before your next tech purchase, use these three tips.
    The Newest Technology Isn’t Always the Best Technology

    Years ago, my firm researched the current tech directions and strategies in play at the time and decided to buy what looked like a very promising technology platform. It meant our computer would cost a bit more than most, but the benefits looked promising.

    The newer technology ...

    Shining a Light on How Churches Spend Money 
    New survey results provide insights on budget trends and decisions nationwide.
    Shining a Light on How Churches Spend Money

    Churches allocate nearly half of their budgets to staff compensation, according to the recently completed 2019 Church Budget Priorities Study from Church Law & Tax.

    The finding closely mirrors findings from its predecessor in 2014—but compared to surveys conducted in ...

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    Best Practices for Technology Usage

    Best Practices for Technology Usage Member access only

    Establish policies and best practices to govern the use of technology for church staff.
    Reducing the Risk

    Reducing the Risk Member access only

    Keep your church safe from child sexual abuse.