Today is a big day in the US for health insurance change. Open enrollment for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace begins Oct. 1 for coverage starting as early as January 1, 2014.
Your church has decided to hire a part-time Worship Coordinator. The search team thinks this should be a half-time salaried position. However, an accountant at the church talks to one of the team members and questions whether a part-time Worship Coordinator can be a salaried position. What do you think?
As part of the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, new health insurance marketplaces are being created where anyone can purchase coverage for themselves and their families.
Two overtures are coming to Synod next week regarding the current pension system of the denomination.
Every day we make decisions that draw us near to God or move us away from him. How do we ensure that the choices we may with our finances are ones that honour God and help us to become more like him?
Today the church is just one of many charitable organizations. With so many specialized charities and dying congregations, is giving to the church really the best option?
Most of us have debt. Student Loans. Car Loans. Mortgages. Credit cards. Lines of Credit. With all these regular payments our income is quickly depleted. Giving is not a priority. But should it be?
When it comes to financial stewardship many of us would like to have a clear answer to the question: "How much should I give?"
Financial stewardship is a topic we don't touch on frequently in the church, yet we deal with money daily! This week we're starting our journey into the questions related to tithing, giving and money in general.
Using Turbo Tax, my housing allowance is placed on line 53 (form 1040) as a tax credit. A year ago, a tax preparer put it on line 21 as negative income (less $xxxx). Which is correct?
Google has lifted the ban on churches meaning you can now connect your church to great tools Google has to offer. Here are some reasons why you might consider moving your church to Google.
A couple weeks ago a church called and asked for information on what annual filings are required by churches. In response to that, I referred the church to a great resource from the IRS, "Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations."
The Canada Revenue Agency has changed the requirements for the Clergy Residence Deduction (CRD).
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 want to do something, use my gifts, build on my experiences, and share learned insights. Am I still too concerned about being a pastor and not focusing enough on being a person?
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.
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.
How about asking a second question, just as real and powerful as how to get rid of a pastor: “Are there ways we could help our pastors grow and flourish in their places of ministry?”
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.
How do we best get local compensation data for church secretaries, administrative assistants, youth directors, custodians, Kids Hope directors, music directors, and a variety of other very important staff positions at our churches?
Some churches like to talk about volunteers serving the church. I would prefer to think of it as members serving the church. My pastor challenged me to think this way.
As an "aging" Pastor of 93, I feel relatively qualified to pass along to you a few suggestions for offsetting those feelings of boredom and non-productivity which we all share once we have lost the allure of "going out to pasture."
Can you share an idea your church has used that involved the kids and helped them understand their acts of stewardship?
Your pastor is retiring later this year and your church members would like to collect money from the congregation as a retirement gift. Is this gift from the church taxable to the pastor? Should the members receive a charitable contribution receipt from the church for this gift?
Wondering if a church "opts out" of the Minister's Pension Plan, even temporarily, if it's possible to pick it up again in the future? Or is it a case of once you're out, you're out??