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The Financial Struggles of Real Pastors
Most pastors feel the financial squeeze, despite the hype surrounding mega-rich celebrity pastors. "Bless Your Pastor" is one way congregations can respond.
The Financial Struggles of Real Pastors
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A TV preacher asked his flock for $54 million last year so he could buy a new private jet. One of America’s most popular pastors owns a $10.5 million mansion and drives a top-model Ferrari. And not long ago, @PreachersNSneakers was launched on Instagram to name and shame ...

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

Don't Be Blindsided by Three "Unexpected Expenses"
Don't Be Blindsided by Three "Unexpected Expenses"
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In his blog on ChristianityToday.com, small-church pastor Karl Vaters offers these tips that could keep you from being caught off guard by three types of expenses:

  1. Set aside money every month for annual bills. Most bills come monthly. But every church has annual bills (like insurance) that we have to stop being surprised by. Any healthy church anticipates these bills and plans for them by laying some money aside every month so it’s there when the bill inevitably arrives.
What to Include in a Severance Package
What to Include in a Severance Package
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Determine what to include in a severance package by establishing your budget and reviewing the paid benefits that the employee receives. Often a severance package will include full pay, paid insurance premiums, continued contribution to retirement, and outplacement services ...

4 Common Mistakes in Annual Reviews of Pastors
And solutions to these problems to help strengthen these reviews.
4 Common Mistakes in Annual Reviews of Pastors
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Every pastor I know wants to do a good job. The vast majority of them are willing to receive feedback. Yet many pastors get nervous about receiving an annual review. Why? Because they’ve been through a review with some of these four problems. Here’s how to solve ...

Hey, Fletch: Can My Church Force Me to Retire at Age 65?
The legal and ministry considerations of an age-based retirement policy.
Hey, Fletch: Can My Church Force Me to Retire at Age 65?
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In this regular 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.

Hey, Fletch: What Kind of Written Report Should We Give to the Church Board?
How this tool can reduce meeting times and enhance efficiency.
Hey, Fletch: What Kind of Written Report Should We Give to the Church Board?
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In this regular 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. ...

5 Numbers to Watch this Fall
5 Numbers to Watch this Fall
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September through November has always been a season of growth at the church I serve. Summer is over and temperatures start dropping, which means people are spending less time on vacation or at the lake and more time showing up to church. The kids have gone back to school, and ...

Hey, Fletch: Would We Save Money by Outsourcing Our Church’s Cleaning?
The cost may seem high, but the in-house expenses may surprise you.
Hey, Fletch: Would We Save Money by Outsourcing Our Church’s Cleaning?
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In this regular 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.

The Outsourcing Option
Why your church might want to let an outside pro handle the books.
The Outsourcing Option
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When Steve Dawson first started working with churches more than two decades ago, much of the accounting work was still being done by hand.

Churches were just starting to use computers for spreadsheets and bookkeeping software. Not everyone was convinced that was a good idea, ...

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

6 Common Problems with Church Bylaws
Why bylaws can often hurt churches.
6 Common Problems with Church Bylaws
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Church bylaws are a necessity, both from a legal and an organizational perspective. They provide the framework from which the organization exists and operates.

So, hear me well. I not advocating the elimination, eradication, or minimization of church bylaws.

But I am suggesting ...

Hey, Fletch: What’s the Best Way to Structure a Pay Scale?
Tips for building a compensation plan that can grow with your church.
Hey, Fletch: What’s the Best Way to Structure a Pay Scale?
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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.

How Can Churches Treat Their Staffs Well?
An experienced executive pastor offers insights on compensation, job descriptions, and more.
How Can Churches Treat Their Staffs Well?
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David Fletcher has two rules when it comes to paying pastors and other church staff: Be as generous as you can, and avoid the “stupid tax.”

That means paying as fair a wage a possible, says Fletcher, a veteran executive pastor and founder of XPastor.org. It also means ...

8 Reminders About Supplemental Income Projects
Take these necessary precautions.
8 Reminders About Supplemental Income Projects
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I understand what a challenge it can be to focus on ministry when finances are tight. Over the years I have received several questions on the topic of supplemental income. Some of you have asked about precautions when working on supplemental income projects. I have heard from ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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, we talked with 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 church?

You should ...

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