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July/August 2018

When it comes to compensation, churches must grapple with many questions: What is fair compensation? What are the legal ramifications of excessive compensation? How do we develop an all-encompassing salary and benefits plan? What's the role of compensation surveys in setting pay? We have created articles that will not only answer such pertinent questions but also help you develop a comprehensive compensation strategy. First, compensation and HR expert Bob Cartwright offers practical help for developing a sound compensation philosophy and overall policy that can, in turn, lead to an effective strategy. Next, CPA and attorney Richard R. Hammar provides important information about salaries, housing allowances, and equity allowances—all with the goal of helping you understand the various legal and tax implications related to each. Finally, CPA Elaine Sommerville offers four steps to avoid costly penalties when setting compensation.

Revelations in youth athletic programs of the sexual molestation of minors led to the near-unanimous enactment by Congress, in February 2018, of the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. While the Act does not directly affect churches that do not participate in interstate or international amateur athletic competition, this article demonstrates how the legislation can offer guidance for congregations seeking to improve and update their own child protection programs.

A pastor submitted a housing allowance request, making sure it "fell within the fair market value of my home, but my church's board rejected it." This pastor asks if it was "legal" to turn down the request.

Megachurch pastor Bill Hybels retires amid allegationsof unwanted sexual comments and advances, while the church's board expresses regret at how it handled the situation and promises to examine accusations from several women, reported ChristianityToday.com.

"In The Episcopal Church v. Salazar … a Texas state appeals court issued another ruling in a long-running dispute over ownership of property of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth," reported the Casper Star-Tribune. Reversing the trial court's decision, the appeals court "held that control of the property resides in the group that remained with The Episcopal Church," said the newspaper.

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