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March 2010

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Planning Ahead for Pastor's Retirement Member access only

How can we take care of our senior pastor after he retires?
Q&A: Charging Money for Special Events

Q&A: Charging Money for Special Events Member access only

Can we set a ticket price for a church concert?

Q&A: Are Churches Legally Obligated to Disclose Staff Salaries? Member access only

No statute requires church employee salaries to be disclosed to the public.

Screening Volunteers for Visitation Ministries Member access only

Do we need to do background checks on adults who will be visiting shut-ins?

Concealed Weapons at Church Member access only

Should we allow our security team to carry guns?

Buying Power

Guidance churches can use for buying decisions.
Developing a Lay Counseling Ministry

Developing a Lay Counseling Ministry

Assessment: Have you considered these details?

Starting a 501(c)(3) at Church Member access only

Can our pastor launch a side ministry at our church?

Changing Designated Funds Member access only

Can we redefine the use of funds that have been specifically designated to an individual for a set purpose? If so, to what extent does our congregation need to be notified of such a change?

Making Improvements to Pastor-Owned Property Member access only

Can we build an outdoor gazebo for the church's use on the pastor's property?

Compensating Musicians Legally Member access only

Can we create a designated account to supplement an employee's pay?

Simple Tips for Starting a Background Screening Program

What to do before uttering the words, "you're hired!"

Simple Tips for Starting a Lay Counseling Ministry

Help your church become a safe place for hurting people.
How Thorough Is Our Background Screening Program?

How Thorough Is Our Background Screening Program?

Assessment: Take this quiz to find out.

Giving Tech Its Due

How—and where—church leaders should budget for IT.

Facing a Financial Crisis Member access only

How churches should handle a possible loan default.
Winter Transportation

Winter Transportation

How to avoid the increased driving risks of winter.

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

Let ChurchSalary do the work. Get personalized compensation reports for staff and pastors.

Check-In and Check-Out Procedures

Check-In and Check-Out Procedures Member access only

Learn how to establish check-in procedures that keep children safe.
Child Sexual Abuse Response Plan

Child Sexual Abuse Response Plan Member access only

Put a plan into action to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in your church.