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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 ...

How an Email Scam Targets the NBA—and Your Church
The email scam that exposed sensitive information from an NBA team affects churches, too.
How an Email Scam Targets the NBA—and Your Church
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A successful email scam is one that fools even the most well-known of organizations, and one scammer—using a specific email strategy—recently made headlines for conning an especially famous group: the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team.

For this particular ...

2 Major Changes in Churches
Adapting to new trends in giving and trust.
2 Major Changes in Churches
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Here are two changes every Christian leader needs to be aware of.

1. The Way People Give Is Changing

When earning patterns change, giving patterns change.

By every account, people in their 20s today don’t just give less than people in their 50s give. They’re giving ...

BREAKING—Overtime Regulations Updated by Labor Department
How this change might affect your church.
BREAKING—Overtime Regulations Updated by Labor Department
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Editor’s Note: Richard Hammar has recorded a 10-minute video offering further explanation on the US Department of Labor overtime announcement, and steps that churches can take to mitigate potential effects of the decision on their budgets.

The Department of Labor (DOL) ...

The Implications of USPS Mailing Rate Decreases
What the recent mailing rate decrease means for churches.
The Implications of USPS Mailing Rate Decreases
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For churches that rely upon mail to keep their congregation and community informed about church events, there’s good news for their postal budgets: the postal rates of the United State Postal Service (USPS) dropped on April 10, 2016.

“Nonprofits will immediately have ...

New Survey Shows the Bleak State of Pastors’ Savings and Financial Training
Survey shows that many pastors are self-informed about financial matters.
New Survey Shows the Bleak State of Pastors’ Savings and Financial Training
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A survey conducted last year by Grey Matter Research & Consulting reveals that the majority of pastors lack confidence when dealing with church finances, have no formal financial training, and many have little money set aside in personal savings.

The survey included responses ...

Church Capital Campaigns: What to Expect
Prepare for these challenges.
Church Capital Campaigns: What to Expect
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We’re in the middle of the “public phase” of a capital campaign at my church, and during the whole process I've learned:

1. You’ll repeat yourself … a lot!

Our teaching pastor repeated the core message of our campaign 19 times before it was finally ...

7 Tips for Developing a Funding Plan
Ways to encourage generosity at your church.
7 Tips for Developing a Funding Plan
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It took [my church] a couple of years of research, trial, and error to develop an effective funding plan. Here are a few lessons we learned along the way.

1. Research, research, research. We don’t need to re-create everything. A lot of work has already been done. We can ...

The Effect of Rising Health Care Costs on Churches
How some churches are responding to a new reality.
The Effect of Rising Health Care Costs on Churches
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The vast majority of Americans currently have access to health care. As of August 2015, “an unprecedented 90.8 percent now have health insurance,” according to CNN. But this higher statistic has also translated into other higher numbers: deductibles, prices on prescription ...

The High Price of “Harmless” Integrity Deficits
How white lies and exaggeration are hurting your ministry.
The High Price of “Harmless” Integrity Deficits
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The phrase “false witness” is a familiar one: we are not to bear it against our neighbor (Ex. 10:16), and such a witness “will not go unpunished” (Prov. 19:5, 9). We know God never lies, and we know that trust—in all areas of our lives—starts ...

7 Concerning Findings about Benefits for Pastors and Other Church Staff
7 Concerning Findings about Benefits for Pastors and Other Church Staff
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I recently spoke with a pastor who was tearfully concerned about his health insurance. He had just received notice of a large premium increase that he could not afford. With a diabetic child, he did not know what to do.

The only good news in this story is that he had health insurance. ...

10 Fascinating Facts about Pastor and Church Staff Compensation
10 Fascinating Facts about Pastor and Church Staff Compensation
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By almost any metric, pastors and church staff are not overpaid.

While some ministry leaders provide sensational exceptions to this rule, we need to dispel the myth of highly-compensated pastors and church staff.

I have in my hands one of the best statistical resources ...

Experts Featured in Upcoming Church Management Conference
Editorial advisors will present on employment law, health care reform, and more.
Experts Featured in Upcoming Church Management Conference
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The annual Southern Baptist Business Officers Conference (SBBOC) this March in Dallas will help churches learn the latest information on employment law, tax, and compliance issues, and health care reform updates.

A number of editorial advisors from Christianity Today's ...

7 Traits of Churches with Increasing Per Member Giving
7 Traits of Churches with Increasing Per Member Giving
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One of the key metrics of financial giving in a church is per member giving: What is the average giving per member or per attendee? Per member giving is often masked by fluctuations in attendance and membership. The most effective measure is to calculate the average giving ...

Asking for Appropriate Compensation
Compensation packages should be based on the work done, not life circumstances or gender.
Asking for Appropriate Compensation
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Compensation can be a tricky topic for people in ministry. Because we love what we do, and we're thankful to be part of significant kingdom work, it can be hard to ask for fair wages. But frankly, it's harder to sustain the busyness of juggling life as a minister without ...

The Top Church Management Conferences for 2016
Training across the nation to gain knowledge in financial, legal, and risk matters.
The Top Church Management Conferences for 2016
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A number of conferences are available for those who work with legal, financial, and risk management matters for their church. Here are some we recommend:

1. 2016 XP-Seminar

This event, led by XPastor.org founder David Fletcher, educates and encourages executive pastors, ...

BREAKING—New Email Scam Targets Nonprofit Leaders
Even people who normally spot fraudulent emails fall for this.
BREAKING—New Email Scam Targets Nonprofit Leaders
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Nonprofit financial leaders are receiving fraudulent emails that genuinely appear to be from their superiors, and these emails ask them to wire or transfer funds to a bank account in connection with the nonprofit organization’s activities. In some cases, the financial ...

16 Tips for Writing Charitable Contribution Statements
The “how” of sending contribution statements can make all the difference.
16 Tips for Writing Charitable Contribution Statements
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The contribution statement might be one of the most underutilized communication and giving mechanisms within churches today.

There is a reason traditional nonprofits raise more money through this channel than most churches. They recognize it is more than a utilitarian effort ...

Giving Is Low—Are You Neglecting the Topic?
Why people should hear us talk more about generosity.
Giving Is Low—Are You Neglecting the Topic?
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When a person becomes a brand new Christ follower, if they are connected with a church or ministry, the first thing the church will do is try to help them understand the fundamentals of their new faith. There is assurance of salvation, the significance of the Bible, what it ...

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Church Property & Administration: Volume 2 of Pastor, Church & Law

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Topics: inspection of records, federal reporting requirements, incorporation, zoning laws, and more.
Church Issues: Waivers and Release Forms and Church Liability

Church Issues: Waivers and Release Forms and Church Liability Member access only

What these documents do—and don't do—based on statutes and court decisions made nationwide.