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The Top 5 Reasons Churches Went to Court in 2018

The Top 5 Reasons Churches Went to Court in 2018

Child sexual abuse is again the most common reason.
Sample Housing Allowance for Pastors

Sample Housing Allowance for Pastors

Ready-to-use resolution language for church board to set a clergy housing allowance in 2020.
Q&A: Can We Give Additional Income to a Church Employee Who Opts Out of Our Medical Plan?

Q&A: Can We Give Additional Income to a Church Employee Who Opts Out of Our Medical Plan?

Increasing an employee’s paycheck in lieu of participation may jeopardize your medical insurance plan for all participants.
IRS Official: Expect More Church Audits Regarding ACA Compliance

IRS Official: Expect More Church Audits Regarding ACA Compliance Member access only

Many churches won’t be investigated, but here’s why your church should still verify it is compliant.
The Financial Struggles of Real Pastors

The Financial Struggles of Real Pastors

Most pastors feel the financial squeeze, despite the hype surrounding mega-rich celebrity pastors. "Bless Your Pastor" is one way congregations can respond.
Few Church Leaders Discuss Abuse Crisis Says Pew Research

Few Church Leaders Discuss Abuse Crisis Says Pew Research Member access only

Most startling is how little church-goers in Protestant faith traditions indicated leaders actively raised the topic.
Can One Church Warn Another of a Former Employee's Misconduct?

Can One Church Warn Another of a Former Employee's Misconduct? Member access only

A negative employment reference could create civil liability.
How to Investigate a Sexual Harassment Allegation

How to Investigate a Sexual Harassment Allegation Member access only

Seven steps to take when an allegation arises—and when outside help may prove wisest.
Seven Steps for Creating an Effective Sexual Harassment Policy

Seven Steps for Creating an Effective Sexual Harassment Policy Member access only

A carefully crafted policy not only can provide protection for all involved, but also can serve as a deterrent.
How New IRS Reform Affects Taxpayers

How New IRS Reform Affects Taxpayers

Increased penalties, new improvements will affect all tax-filers, including pastors and staff members.
Six Insights About Summer Slump

Six Insights About Summer Slump

Some churches keep their ministries robust during the so-called “downtime.”
Q&A: What If a Prayer Request Card Implies Child Abuse?

Q&A: What If a Prayer Request Card Implies Child Abuse? Member access only

Start with knowing your state's mandatory reporting laws.