The pace of change is so fast today. Whether we’re talking about technology, business strategies, or the regulatory environment in which we operate, it’s hard to stay on top of everything our roles in ministry require. However, church leaders today don’t have to find their own way through the issues they face at the church office. Network with others in your field and create a library of resources you can turn to for information on specific issues. While this list is by no means exhaustive, below are several general resources I regularly follow in my own work and that I would recommend church leaders consider visiting frequently. This is part 1 of a two-part series. You can read part 2 here.
Church Law & Tax
If you’re reading this column, you’re probably aware of the many helpful resources available through Church Law & Tax. However, if you just happened across this article, you should be aware of the breadth and depth of the content available to you. The site and various print publications make available more information than you could process in your career, and they include insight from some of the most recognized experts in fields related to the business operations of a church.
For print and downloadable resources covering a wide range of topics, you can visit the online Church Law & Tax Store.
ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability)
ECFA is a member organization accrediting ministries that agree to comply with the seven standards they believe promote financial integrity. I encourage you to review those standards and strive to follow them in your organization, whether you are seeking accreditation or simply desiring to operate from the perspective of accountable stewardship. The accreditation process fee is specific to your weekly attendance.