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Pinched Paychecks

About half the nation's full-time pastors report they received no salary increase in the past year, continuing a downturn in salaries among top leaders in churches, according to a new survey published by Christianity Today International. In fact, the extensive survey, publishing ...

High Tech, Low Budget
How one rural pastor uses technology without spending a lot.

In ministry, one can define stewardship as "maximizing the impact of every dollar." In this economy, this definition takes on even greater meaning. And as the pastor of a small rural church, I have experienced this reality firsthand. Yet, even with added financial difficulties, ...

The 2010 Wish-List

Despite the lingering effects of the current economic maelstrom, next year's church budget will soon become reality, and the need to disperse funds will be here.

Since a church budget should be assembled and managed wisely, it helps to know where trends are headed and how they ...

What Computers and Phones Do Church Staff Need?
Answers to common questions about computers and phones.

Editor's Note: The author's consulting firm doesn't sell or distribute any hardware or software, or receive any compensation for referrals. The firm's work for many years with hundreds of churches led to the recommendations outlined here.

Many people make one of two mistakes ...

4 Reasons NOT to Cut Conferences
Why these events are important for your staff.

During tough economic times, many churches are looking at cutting all travel for training and events, but that may not be the wisest decision. Here's why:

Care. The church is about people caring for people, so your most important resource is people! They need to be trained and ...

Making Comparisons for Church Purchases

As a consumer in the marketplace, a local church faces the inevitability of making purchasing choices. Ford or Chevy? Plain or peanut? A lot or a little?

Wise choices are made from informed methods of comparison shopping. Executive pastors and church administrators identified ...

Richard R. Hammar

Richard Hammar is senior editor for Church Law & Tax Report, and Church Finance Today. He serves as legal counsel to the Assembly of God denomination. He is an attorney and CPA, specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he ...

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