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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 ...

Paying Your Pastor
Tips and insights for setting compensation
Paying Your Pastor
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Setting a pastor’s compensation is a complicated issue, says CPA Stan Reiff, a partner with the accounting firm CapinCrouse. A number of factors—the size of the church, the local cost of living, the experience level of the pastor—play a role. Reiff recently ...

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 ...

How to Recognize and Confront Fraud
Two telltale signs, and the best and worst ways to respond to suspected stealing.
How to Recognize and Confront Fraud
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Nathan Salsbery, a partner and executive vice president with the accounting firm CapinCrouse, is an expert at detecting and rooting out fraud in churches. ManagingYourChurch.com talked with Salsbery about what churches can do to better protect their finances from internal theft. ...

Responding to Injuries at Church
What to do when employees or volunteers get hurt.
Responding to Injuries at Church
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A pastor falls off a ladder while hanging a banner. A volunteer trips while playing with second-graders in the kids ministry. A staff member gets injured during an on-site church activity.

Injuries are surprisingly common at churches. Responding quickly to them can help get an ...

Hiring Involves Strategic Planning and Careful Budgeting
Don't hire before you ask a few key questions.
Hiring Involves Strategic Planning and Careful Budgeting
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As a partner with the CPA firm CapinCrouse, Stan Reiff guides churches and other nonprofits through various parts of ministry, including strategic planning and ministry operations. Reiff recently talked to ManagingYourChurch.com about key issues related to hiring practices.

Where ...

5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer
Practical ways to encourage donations during these typically slower months.
5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer
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Giving is often a difficult topic for pastors to discuss with their congregations. The common worry is that no one likes to be told how to use their money. But donations are vital to keep the local church running effectively.

The Barna Group shares that only 5 percent of the ...

Church Cell Tower Leases and Zoning Laws
How to navigate the process smoothly and with minimal problems.
Church Cell Tower Leases and Zoning Laws
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Kevin Donohue spent decades building networks for wireless companies before switching sides to represent landowners through his work with Tower Genius—a consultant firm that helps churches, businesses, and private citizens with lease agreements. He spoke with ManagingYourChurch.com ...

The Tricky World of Copier Leases and Purchases
What a church must consider before buying or leasing.
The Tricky World of Copier Leases and Purchases
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Vonna Laue is an expert on church finances. She served 20 years with a CPA firm focused on churches and ministries and is an editorial advisor for Church Finance Today . Here, she offers advice on navigating the complex world of copier leases and purchases.

What advice would ...

How You Can Help Church Staff Determine Fair Pay
Take this survey that will provide data for a new digital compensation-setting tool.
How You Can Help Church Staff Determine Fair Pay
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Many pastors and church staff members don’t know whether their pay is fair—but you can change that. If you work for a church, you can help by taking the National Church Compensation Survey (and encouraging others to take the survey, as well!).

A digital compensation-setting ...

Financial Fraud in Churches: A Major Risk
Why church leaders should assess the way they collect and record money.
Financial Fraud in Churches: A Major Risk
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Editor’s Note: In a podcast on the 10 major trends for churches in 2017, Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe of LifeWay talk about financial fraud in churches and offer valuable insights for church leaders on the subject. We've highlighted part of this podcast.

Jonathan: ...

For-Profit vs. Church Financial Management
The head of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability shares the differences to help people transition from the business world into a nonprofit ministry.
For-Profit vs. Church Financial Management
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Dan Busby serves as president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Busby recently spoke with Church Finance Today on best practices for financial professionals who transition from the for-profit business world into a church setting.

What unrealistic expectations ...

Planning for Facility Repairs and Ongoing Maintenance
Facilities expert says ignoring facility issues can be extremely costly in the long run.
Planning for Facility Repairs and Ongoing Maintenance
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Kevin Folsom is director of campus operations at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas. He previously served in a similar role with Dallas Theological Seminary for 25 years and has been active 20 years with APPA, an association of higher education facility officers. Folsom ...

Senior Pastor's Role in Building a Culture of Generosity
Senior Pastor's Role in Building a Culture of Generosity
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I talked with Ron Edmondson, senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, about some practical ways senior pastors can foster a culture of generosity in their churches.

Ron and Immanuel have a great story of seeing the heat turned up on the church’s ...

Matching Grants vs. Challenge Grants
Why one is better in church fundraising.
Matching Grants vs. Challenge Grants
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Matching grants are a reasonably common tool used in churches, particularly for church planting, as well as ministries and nonprofit organizations. However, a small body of research strongly suggests that challenge grants work more effectively than matching grants in terms of ...

Interview: The Definition—and Danger—of 'Inurement'
Richard Hammar offers a definition for a common mistake that can have serious consequences.
Interview: The Definition—and Danger—of 'Inurement'
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While you may have heard the word “inurement,” you may be unsure of its definition. In this interview, Richard Hammar provides a definition of inurement.

Could inurement have implications for a church’s tax-exempt status? Hammar addresses instances where ministries ...

Who Should Know What People Give?
A look at six perspectives.
Who Should Know What People Give?
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The question "Who should be able to see individual church giving records?" is difficult to answer. Indeed, it is such a difficult question that I will not attempt to give a concrete answer. I will let you know what I’ve done in the past and six perspectives:

Accountability Systems
One basic principle and six simple steps help protect a church's finances.
Accountability Systems
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I’m not naturally a systems guy. But I’ve learned that good systems aren’t about stifling creativity or spontaneity; they’re about increasing accountability and stewardship.

I spend several hours each week building and maintaining proper systems. I and ...

Renting Versus Buying Your Church’s Facility
What churches should consider before making a costly or permanent decision.
Renting Versus Buying Your Church’s Facility
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God called you to plant a new church, and you’ve followed his calling. For the last year (or two years or five years), you’ve been renting adequate facilities to meet your congregation’s needs. You have space for Sunday services, children and youth ministries ...

Measuring Your Church's Cash Reserves
Adequate cash reserves are necessary for a church to meet its obligations on time in spite of fluctuations in monthly revenue.
Measuring Your Church's Cash Reserves
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Cash reserves are often measured in terms of months of operating cash based on the month-end when cash is generally at its lowest point for the year. One mistake churches make is measuring the months of cash they have based on their year-end cash balance. If their year-end is ...

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