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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.

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 ...

Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be
A church administrator’s perspective.
Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be
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After serving on church boards for decades and helping set salaries for dozens of church staff members, I’ve learned that setting compensation fairly is one of the most difficult tasks for church administrators and board members. Many factors might prevent a pastor or ...

The Changing Face of the Executive Pastor Role
A longtime XP discusses what is changing for a position once limited to large churches.
The Changing Face of the Executive Pastor Role
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David Fletcher is an executive pastor and founder of XPastor.org, a website serving executive pastors nationwide. XPastor.org also hosts an annual conference. Editor Matthew Branaugh recently conducted an email interview with Fletcher about the surprising changes with the executive ...

Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s
What pastors and church staff can learn about the power of compounding.
Retirement Savings and the Rule of 72s
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Pastors and church staff often are overwhelmed by the thought of setting aside money for their future retirements. But the sooner they start, the quicker they can make the money they save and invest work to their advantage.

This is because of the concept of compounding. It works ...

Making a Motion
Infographic: What making a main motion looks like during a meeting.
Making a Motion
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Best Practices for Installing Security Cameras at Your Church
How to make the most of surveillance technology.
Best Practices for Installing Security Cameras at Your Church
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Nathan Parr spent 12 years as the operations manager for the 4,000-member First Baptist Church of Belton, Texas. He previously served in the US Marine Corps and owned a construction company. He recently joined North Carolina-based Cool Solutions Group as a facility specialist. ...

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