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6 Steps for Becoming Champions for the Helpless
Defend the rights of those with the greatest needs in your community.
Hope for Clergy Who Lost Their Forms 4361
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Court Dismisses Atheist Challenge to Filing Exemptions for Churches
Judge cites federal appeals court's rejection of housing allowance challenge.
Church Bulletins: What's Trending?
8 trends worth noting as you evaluate your own use of bulletins.
What Churches Should Know about Zoning
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Salaries as a Percentage of Church Budget
Why churches must get the right balance, especially for a mortgage loan.
Q&A: Miscalculating Building Campaign Pledges
How this common mistake can create a major problem.
May All Your Christmas Services Be Merry ... and Legal
Songs you can sing without the Grinch showing up with his team of lawyers.
9 Trends in Pastor and Church Staff Compensation
Women earn less than men, advanced degrees increase earning power, and church setting affects compensation.
Securing Your Church's Digital Giving
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Kiss Cam
Create a Research and Development Fund
Budget for unexpected ministry opportunities.
Review the Basics of Benevolence
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
7 Common Financial Control Problems
Address these common issues before trouble surfaces.
23 Defining Factors of a Healthy Church
These particular indicators have nothing to do with numerical growth.
The Pros and Cons of Calendar Budget Years
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
3 Steps to Keep Criminals from Targeting Your Church
Property prep, community relations, and common sense can go a long way.
A Tax Reminder for Donors
Add this message to your church bulletin or newsletter
A Powerful Excel Tool for Your Church
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Liability When Outside Groups Use Your Building
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
4 Ingredients for an Effective Accounting System
Don't let sloppy or poor accounting practices compromise your church's finances.
5 Tips for a Safe One-on-One Mentoring Program
Guidelines and safeguards for an effective adult mentoring ministry.
What to Note About the Subpoenas of Houston Churches
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
6 Steps to Prevent Fraud
Protect your church from fraudulent activities.
15 All-too-Common Church Facility Problems
Set a high standard for maintenance, safety, and overall look of your building.
Is Your Church's Worship Violating Copyright Laws?
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Q&A: Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Can a volunteer's expenses be counted as charitable contributions?
Building Your Leadership Team
Consider the pros and cons of cultivating staff from within your congregation.
Church Financial Reports Play Key Role in Loan Applications
And four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
9 Key Guidelines for Staff Meetings
These field-tested principles should work for almost any leadership situation.
Pastors Must Pay Taxes
Calling compensation a "love gift" doesn't shield it from taxation.
The 3 Best Times to Introduce Change in Your Church
How to successfully fix problems and implement change.
Estate Planning
Church leaders should use caution when discussing donors' wills and trusts.
United Way Now Accepts Bitcoin
Is your church ready for digital currency?
Common Reasons Churches Go to Court
The number one reason has remained the same for years.
Staff Compensation Consumes a Major Portion of Large Church Budgets
New finding closely mirrors Christianity Today's church budget study.
Beware of Tax and Investment Scams
If it's too good to be true ...
Designating a Housing Allowance
Make sure you do it right.
Counsel with Caution
Richard Hammar says set clear boundaries for same-gender counseling.
How Churches Spend Their Money
High Risk Youth Activities
What churches should know about swimming events and trampolines.
Responding to Media about a Church Crisis
Prepare today to help avoid or minimize damaging effects.
Many Churches Are Reaching Out to Illegal Immigrants
An immigration attorney sees no legal issues related to allowing undocumented immigrants in your services.
The Taxes Churches Have to Pay
Richard Hammar says expert guidance is needed to understand tax laws.
.church Domain Names Available Soon
5 reasons your church should consider registering one soon
3 Steps for Avoiding Financial Crisis
How to create a healthy and God-honoring budget.
IRS May Look Into Activities of 99 Churches
Agency appears ready to monitor church political activity again.
IRS Commits to Auditing Churches
But details about procedures are kept secret.
11 Reasons Your Church May Need a Lawyer
There are other reasons besides lawsuits that call for legal advice.
5 Best Practices for "Other Ministry Income"
Guidelines for dealing with money that's not a part of your regular salary.
Church Management Roundup
Five trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
To Attach or Not to Attach?
Sending copyrighted content without permission is infringement.
Is Your Facility Safe?
What OSHA can teach you about creating a safer church for staff, contracted workers, and the entire congregation.
Church Cash Reserves: How Much Is Enough?
Determining the right amount of savings for your congregation
Four Tips for Handling Zoning Issues
Minimize tension and avoid costly legal battles.
Think Before You Post
Don't take what's not yours.
7 Trends in Church Names
A few things to consider when naming or renaming a church.
Beware of Copper Thieves
Protect your air conditioner from damage and costly repairs.
Is Giving to Churches Up or Down?
New Christianity Today survey offers much-needed perspective on giving trends
Should Churches Use Fireworks?
Consider the risks and use with extreme caution.
5 Apps for Tracking Receipts
Easy does it with these free Internet tools.
Mission Trip Safety Preparation
How churches prepare before sending teams abroad to serve.
Report: Slight Decline in Giving to Religion
A new study shows increase for charities, but not for religion.
8 Tips for Dealing with Church Staff and Volunteer Problems
How to have difficult conversations without losing good people
Q&A: Renting Public School Facilities
Can a public school refuse to rent its building to a church?
Summer Is Not Vacation Time
Now is the time to start planning for the fall.
Essential Skills for Preventing Burnout: Part 2
A two-part interview with Dr. Gregory Hunt.
Essential Skills for Preventing Burnout: Part 1
A two-part interview with Dr. Gregory Hunt.
Planning for Change
Keep little changes from becoming a big deal
Q&A: Tax Deductible Mission Trips
Can individuals who go on mission trips deduct their expenses?
Responding to Financial Crisis
One crisis management consultant offers tips for churches to avoid bankruptcy.
Q&A: Housing Allowance
Can a new hire receive a housing allowance for the rest of the year?
8 Common Misconceptions about Employment Liability
Your church could get sued if you don't know and follow the law.
Q&A: Is a Pastor's Holy Land Trip Tax Deductible?
Specific rules dictate the tax treatment for pastors and donors.
Violence at U.S. Churches
New report shows decline in violence at U.S. churches in 2013.
Teaching Churches to Draw the Line
Youth Ministry Roundtable: The final post in a five-part series focused on issues related to risk and safety.
Disaster Response
This week's devastating tornadoes remind us to be prepared.
Safety Awareness: Building the Right Team
Youth Ministry Roundtable: Part four of a five-part series focused on issues related to risk and safety.
4 Tips for Church Budgeting
Help for avoiding budgetary headaches.
Safety Training: It's More Than a Manual
Youth Ministry Roundtable: Part three of a five-part series focused on issues related to risk and safety.
The Top 6 Management Conferences for Church Leaders
These events cover training, development on legal, financial fronts.
Does Your Youth Ministry Have a Communication Policy?
Youth Ministry Roundtable: Part two of a five-part series focused on issues related to risk and safety.
Q&A: Rules Covering Opting Out on Social Security
A pastor asks if it's too late for him to opt out.
Social Media and Youth Ministry in the Post-Facebook Era
Youth Ministry Roundtable: Part one of a five-part series focused on issues related to risk and safety.
Role Descriptions: An Effective Tool for Recruiting Volunteers
Spelling it out can motive and encourage
Q&A: Personal Vehicles for Church Business
What's the right amount for mileage reimbursement?
$600,000 Stolen from Joel Osteen's Church
Does your church have clear guidelines for handling offerings?
Should Ministers Prepare Their Own Tax Returns?
It's not as hard as you might think.
Watch Out for Tax Scams
The IRS says don't fall for these 12 schemes to steal your money.
Why Pastors Must Pay Federal Income Taxes
Ministers aren't exempt, so why do some still try to avoid them?
How Millennials View Church Finances
A wise stewardship of funds is desired by today's young adult
18-Year-Old Worship Leader Accused of Sexual Assault
This recent case reminds us that students should never be alone with leaders.
Politics and Your Church
You need to know what you can and can't print or post online.
5 Ways Churches Can Improve Their Chances for a Loan
Banks look for these best practices, ECCU leader says.
Tips on Selecting a Tax Preparer
Choose a person with experience preparing ministers' tax returns.
Do Pastors Own Sermons?
What churches and ministers must know about copyright law
Youth Ministry Survey Reveals Communication Breakdown
New study raises concerns about texting between adult leaders and students.
Monday Church Management Roundup: 2/10/14
Five trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Tips for Protecting Church Donation Boxes
At least two churches have fallen victim to thieves in recent months.
How to Prepare W-2s for Church Employees, Including Ministers
Last-minute help for completing these important forms.
Justice Department Appeals Wisconsin Clergy Housing Allowance Ruling
Process with Seventh Circuit may take up to a year to resolve.
10 Common Payroll Tax Errors
These pitfalls often trip up churches.
Churches: Important January 31 Deadline Looms
Why leaders must remember this important tax-related task.
Monday Church Management Roundup
Five trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Are Churches Legally Required to Issue Statements for Every Contribution?
Reader: What about a one-time donation of only $10?
Firm: 2013 Religious Giving Fared Better than Expected
New report suggests stronger growth than company's algorithms projected.
The Pastor Pay Gap
A look at what's driving lower pay for female clergy.
When a Church Embezzler Confesses
Embezzlement is a relatively common occurrence in churches.
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