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Continuing education for ministry leaders

Welcome! On this page, you will find lessons, articles, and resources specifically tailored to your role as a treasurer/bookkeeper at your church.

Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on your role. The current lesson is featured below, as well as the links to the previous two weeks’ lessons.


In addition, various articles that pertain to your position—from Church Law & Tax Report, Church Finance Today, and our exclusive web-only content—are listed here for your convenience, as well as recommended resources from the Church Law & Tax Store.

Treasurer/Bookkeeper

This Week's Lesson
Week of June 17

Donations of Labor Subscriber access only

Introduction

This lesson introduces the issue of Donations of Labor. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation of this topic. ...

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Articles

Continuing Education Subscriber access only

Taxable income in relation to continuing education

Employee or Self-Employed Subscriber access only

Employment status for tax reporting purposes

Preparing Form 1099s Subscriber access only

Employment status pertaining to the use of Form 1099s for tax reporting purposes
Estate Gifts: Don’t Get Too Involved

Estate Gifts: Don’t Get Too Involved

Churches should never recommend a lawyer or a financial planner.
Hey, Fletch: How Can We Have Healthy, Honest Meetings?

Hey, Fletch: How Can We Have Healthy, Honest Meetings?

Understand what a ‘four-wall discussion’ means.
What to Know About a New Donation Scam

What to Know About a New Donation Scam

Why churches should be careful about refund requests.
Hey, Fletch: How Does the New Tax Law Affect Moving Expenses?

Hey, Fletch: How Does the New Tax Law Affect Moving Expenses?

What the changed rules mean for churches.
The 2018 Guide to Church Management Software Programs and Features

The 2018 Guide to Church Management Software Programs and Features

Choose the software that best fits your needs.
When Expenses Are Higher than Your Budget

When Expenses Are Higher than Your Budget

Does your policy have the answer on what to do?
Thom Rainer Made ‘Peanuts’ as a Pastor 30 Years Ago. Today, Many in Ministry Make Even Less.

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.
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