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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 April 21

Four Tax Rules for Ministers Subscriber access only

Introduction

This lesson focuses on the issue of special tax rules for ministers. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation ...

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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
Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional

Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional

Appellate court reverses lower court ruling, preserving valuable tax benefit.
Accounting Standards Update

Accounting Standards Update Subscriber access only

What churches producing external financial statements need to know about GAAP changes.
The Minister and the Church’s Payroll Tax Obligations

The Minister and the Church’s Payroll Tax Obligations

Key tips on navigating withholding.
3 Audiences for Church Financial Reports to Consider

3 Audiences for Church Financial Reports to Consider

The people you need to keep in the know when creating financial statements.
Hey, Fletch: What’s the Best Way to Structure a Pay Scale?

Hey, Fletch: What’s the Best Way to Structure a Pay Scale?

Tips for building a compensation plan that can grow with your church.
How Can Churches Treat Their Staffs Well?

How Can Churches Treat Their Staffs Well?

An experienced executive pastor offers insights on compensation, job descriptions, and more.
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2019 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2019 Church & Clergy Tax Guide Subscriber access only

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
Church Finance

Church Finance 

Learn about budgeting, financial reporting, tax compliance, insurance coverage, and more.
Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions

Best Practices for Receiving Charitable Contributions  Subscriber access only

Practical help and clear understanding on issues surrounding charitable contributions.

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

Experience a whole new way to set compensation. Eliminate the guesswork – get access to detailed compensation reports in just minutes.

Record Keeping

Record Keeping  Subscriber access only

Learn best practices for protecting confidential documents.
Protecting Your Tax-Exempt Status

Protecting Your Tax-Exempt Status Subscriber access only

Understand the requirements of your tax-exempt status.