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Estate Gifts: Don’t Get Too Involved
Churches should never recommend a lawyer or a financial planner.
Estate Gifts: Don’t Get Too Involved
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The following excerpt about wills and estate planning is adapted from “Encouraging Estate Gifts in Your Church” in the June 2018 issue of Church Finance Today.

Churches can get into trouble if they get too involved in the process of procuring a gift or bequest. That’s ...

Hey, Fletch: How Can We Have Healthy, Honest Meetings?
Understand what a ‘four-wall discussion’ means.
Hey, Fletch: How Can We Have Healthy, Honest Meetings?
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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.

What to Know About a New Donation Scam
Why churches should be careful about refund requests.
What to Know About a New Donation Scam
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A very kind but anxious fellow named Tom calls your finance office and informs your team that he just realized he accidentally submitted a donation to your organization in the amount of $5,000. He meant for it to be $50. He pleads for an immediate refund of the difference, since ...

Six Key Compensation Elements That Can Help Ministry Flourish
Join us for our June 13 webinar to be empowered to set fair pay in the church.
Six Key Compensation Elements That Can Help Ministry Flourish
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We’re hosting a webinarin response to an important issue.

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) conducted a 2015 survey of more than 4,000 pastors nationwide in which the dire state of pastors’ finances was quantified. Key among the findings were the stresses ...

3 Tips for an Effective Communication Strategy
Start making a plan today.
3 Tips for an Effective Communication Strategy
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In the last few weeks, members of our church have given testimonies about how they found our church, why they came to visit, and the reasons they decided to stay. It’s been fun and encouraging to listen to people talk about the church I love—and to hear parts of ...

The 2018 Guide to Church Management Software Programs and Features
Choose the software that best fits your needs.
The 2018 Guide to Church Management Software Programs and Features
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Our friends at Ministry Business Services, Inc. (MBS) specialize in working with churches to provide solutions to church IT needs. They’ve compiled a list of various church and donor management software (ChMS) programs to help churches choose the absolute best fit.

Their ...

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 ...

Hey, Fletch: Are We Tax Exempt?
What does the IRS say about tax-exempt status for churches?
Hey, Fletch: Are We Tax Exempt?
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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.

I ...

How to Ensure Fair Salaries for Your Church Staff
Find out more about an exciting new compensation resource for your ministry.
How to Ensure Fair Salaries for Your Church Staff
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Many churches struggle with knowing what a fair wage is for their pastors and staff. Our guess is that your church is among them.

For more than 10 years, Church Law & Tax has been creating the Compensation Handbook for Church Staff to help churches better understand fair ...

Hey, Fletch: What Are the Best Accounting Practices for a Multisite Campus?
Navigating donations, designations, and more.
Hey, Fletch: What Are the Best Accounting Practices for a Multisite Campus?
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In this biweekly column, longtime executive pastor 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.

Sanctuary Versus City • Hidden Cell Phone Tower • Church Pays Medical Debts: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Sanctuary Versus City • Hidden Cell Phone Tower • Church Pays Medical Debts: News Roundup
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City and Church in Showdown over Sanctuary for Family. “South Congregational Church [in Springfield, Massachusetts], which is providing sanctuary for a Peruvian woman facing deportation, will not permit the city to inspect the site unless it obtains a court warrant, officials ...

Should a Church Own or Rent Vehicles?
Two church leaders weigh in on this question.
Should a Church Own or Rent Vehicles?
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First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California—known as EvFree Fullerton—has wrestled a lot with the question of whether to buy or own.

Right now, EvFree, which averages a combined 2,500 people at its three Sunday services, has made the decision to own a variety ...

When Volunteers Drive for Your Church
Tips for handling this critical area of risk-management.
When Volunteers Drive for Your Church
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To help churches better understand some of the issues involved with volunteer drivers, ManagingYourChurch.com talked to Frank Sommerville. He is an attorney and editorial advisor for ChurchLawAndTax.com.

What should you know before allowing volunteers to drive on behalf of the ...

4 Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You
Consider which approach may work best for your meetings.
4 Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You
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Robert’s Rules just wouldn’t have clout if it didn’t provide a standard order of business. It provides a six-part agenda that can get you started:

  1. Reading and approval of minutes
  2. Reports from officers, boards, and standing committees
  3. Reports from special committees
How to Start the Salary Negotiation Process
Tips for approaching conversations about compensation.
How to Start the Salary Negotiation Process
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Church staff and pastors are often great at dealing with people, but they aren’t always great at dealing with money. That’s especially true when it comes to negotiating their own compensation, says David Fletcher, executive pastor of First Evangelical Free Church ...

Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must”
Here are 4 reasons to take thorough, accurate minutes at your meetings.
Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must”
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Taking minutes arguably tops the list of “most thankless jobs,” and those who assume the role often wish they hadn’t been such a willing volunteer. But accurate minutes are a parliamentary procedure “must” for all nonprofits—including homeowners’ ...

The GOP Tax Bill Just Passed. Here’s What Church Leaders Need to Know.
Three tax experts weigh in.
The GOP Tax Bill Just Passed. Here’s What Church Leaders Need to Know.
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On December 20, the Republican bill overhauling the tax code passed a final vote in the House and went to President Trump’s desk. What implications does the new bill have for churches and church leaders, and what do they need to be aware of as they plan for 2018? To help ...

Why Church Leaders Shouldn’t Avoid “Practical” Topics
Preachers may not want to talk about finances—but it’s critical that they do so.
Why Church Leaders Shouldn’t Avoid “Practical” Topics
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The gospels attest that Jesus talked a lot about money. Sixteen of the thirty-eight parables found in the gospels deal with handling money and possessions. Howard Dayton, who has written and lectured extensively on the Bible and finances, claims that “the Bible offers ...

ECFA Releases 2017 State of Giving Report
Annual numbers show increase in giving to ministries.
ECFA Releases 2017 State of Giving Report
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At the end of November, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) released its eighth annual report on the State of Giving, with data gathered from nearly 2,000 organizations.

According to the report, “annual cash giving to ECFA-accredited organizations ...

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The Enforcement or Return of Donors' Designated Gifts

The Enforcement or Return of Donors' Designated Gifts  Subscriber access only

How to handle designated gifts. Are they enforceable or refundable?
Understanding Labor Laws

Understanding Labor Laws Subscriber access only

Best practices for complying with regulations that pertain to hiring, firing, paying, disciplining, and supervising ministry employees.