Last May I blogged about the health insurance credit available for small tax-exempt organizations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Several US churches applied for this credit as a result of this blog and received checks for thousands of dollars. Your church may qualify for this "health insurance credit" for 2011 also. The credit is up to 25% of the cost of qualifying health insurance premiums. You may qualify if your church has:
Every church should have Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. If you are an administrative leader in your church, do you know where to find a copy of your Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation?
I am helping Second Byron CRC emerge from a period of controversy. The council believes it will profit from talking in depth to persons who are leaving the congregation for other churches, and would like to conduct exit interviews in order to find out more about areas of church life they need to...
I haven't found a clear articulation of the following on the CRCNA or Network website. When Synod approves the Ministry Share assessment in June 2011, is the assessment and/or related budget for 2012 based on the active professing members over 18 count as of August 31, 2010 - or August 31, 2011...
Late last year, the US Supreme Court announced that it would not review a lower court ruling banning churches from meeting in public school spaces in New York City. Last week the US Supreme Court decided that religious employees of a church are not allowed to sue for employment discrimination.
Gabe Lyons says that Christianity has an image problem. Why do we care? Because what people think about Christianity affects how we interact with others. How can we move to more accurately represent Jesus? Gabe challenges us to live our faith with true concern
Today I read a blog from Susan Nienaber at the Alban Institute that clearly communicated some healthy ways to handle controversial decisions in a church. Instead of lining people in rows in the sanctuary and letting the most vocal air their beliefs, consider gathering a planning group of a few members to outline a process whereby people can gather in small groups and discuss the possibilities in a way that enhances dialogue, discernment, and better decision making.
Here we are in the midst of the Christmas season. You’re well on your way with plans for Christmas. With just a few weeks left, are there still some things you can do to make sure your church has the best impact that it can?
Much has been written about the clergy residence deduction (CRD) which is available to clergy and other eligible individuals in Canada. To be eligible, an individual must meet both a status test and a function test.
Bill Hybels is known for his quote "the local church is the hope of the world." When you are dealing with church administration, you need to keep your focus in the right place. All the budgets, forms, procedures, programs, and guidelines can become the main thing instead of Jesus...
Did you know there are books written on the subject of taxes and ministers? The annual paperback I most frequently recommend to a U.S. minister or church who is asking questions is Worth's Income Tax Guide for Ministers by B.J. Worth.
As a church administrator working with various teams, I would often see a need to write something down to clarify a mandate, policy, or how to. The hard part was getting started. So I would often get a draft created and send it around to others. This really helped us to clarify what needed to be
Do you provide some guidance for your leaders and volunteers in ministry as to what is expected of a Christian serving in your church? Our churches provide guidance for elders and deacons and staff members, but would it be helpful to have a covenant of expectations for others serving in ministry?
Our church is gathering together years of of old policy statements and council decisions in order to produce a policy manual that works. But we're working in a vacuum. We'd really like like to see the manuals some other churches have put together. Will you send me a copy of yours? Hard or...
Yesterday I worshipped at a new church plant that meets in a public school building. Every Sunday, the setup/takedown team hustles to change this space from a public school auditorium to a place of worship. As I sat there, I wondered about a recent article I read about the controvery over use of public school buildings for churches in New York City..
I am looking for a good sample policy for church volunteers that will set lifestyle and behavioral standards for our church ministries. Some things that I would want to include would be: membership in the church and active involvement in worship, moral standards, commitment to healthy...
The Supplement to the Church Order for Article 5 re signing of the Form of Subscription states that is "To be signed by professors, ministers, ministry associates, elders, and deacons when ordained and/or installed in office". (emphasis added) As I understand it, office bearers are ordained/...
It was suggested that more information was needed by the churches as to what is funded with Ministry Shares. A team of gifted communication leaders has just put together a mailing to more effectively communicate Ministry Shares. Did your church receive your Council member packets this week? Did you check out the new Ministry Shares website
This past weekend I had the privilege of serving as a "Wheaties" adult leader for a weekend retreat ministry called "Teens Encounter Christ." This student led ministry shows God's love in amazing ways to high school students and challenges them to grow in their faith through talks by students and other well thought out activities. What contributes to the amazing effectiveness of this ministry? The strong administrative backbone behind the scenes. Let me tell you more.
Your full-time administrative assistant at your church discovers she needs surgery and will be out for 4 weeks. She has worked at the church for 15 years. Each employee earns time off each year and she has 4 days available for this surgery. Does your church provide salary continuation coverage for her time off after she uses her 4 days of leave?
Every person needs to feel appreciated. Pastors, and their spouses, are no exception. I remember getting movie tickets in the mail. No note, just tickets. It brought tears to my eyes. A small thing? Some would think so, but to us it was huge.
Does your church maintain a social networking page? Do you post pictures or personal information on the church's website? Does your pastor maintain a blog? Do you rely on your computer network on a daily basis? Did you ever think that you might need a separate liability insurance to cover exposure related to these areas?
Pastor Van has served your church for ten years and now he has taken a call to another church. What are some of the administrative details that need to be covered at this time of departure? What does your church need to think about regarding closure of computer files?
The pastor of "Small Church" CRC is the go-to guy for everything. He answers the phone, dusts his office, sets up chairs, prints the bulletin, and sees when things break or need attention. If you are a congregation with a small operating budget, how do you maintain the building, grounds, and other administrative needs of the church?
In our Council, we're looking at establishing minimum pass vote percentages for various issues. One that has caused some discussion is the vote by the congregationn on office bearers. Currently, Council prepares a list of candidates to present to the congregation. The congregation then votes on...