The upcoming webinar "Clergy Finance: Pointers for Pastors and Church Leaders" is scheduled for Thursday, September 6, at 12 ET through the Barnarbas Foundation. John Bolt, the Director of Finance and Administrator for the Christian Reformed Church in North America, will review taxes, housing, pensions, and retirement planning.
Cost considerations aside, the topic of insurance in a church setting can be a hot one. Some have the perspective that “with the Lord on our side, who even needs insurance?” Some arrive at the same conclusion by taking a pragmatic approach, determining that the risk is just too low and the premiums too high to warrant coverage.
Are you interested in knowing more about the health insurance plan available to U.S. Christian Reformed Churches? Check out the upcoming webinar that will provide more information on the plan.
The IRS is hosting a free webinar for churches and other exempt organizations on July 25 at 2pm. Virginia Richardson, a Senior Tax Law Specialist, will cover topics including:
Is there a specific way I should be recording new baptisms and prof of faiths?
Is this just for our own records or do i need to submit them somewhere?
At our church, we have a lot of volunteers who serve in mulitple ministries. For example, one person might be on the Nursery list, they might be on the list to serve at after-church coffee time, and might also teach in one of the children's programs that meets during worship. Each of these...
On May 17, 2012, the US Tax Court filed a ruling that disallowed a taxpayer’s charitable donation to their church because the church “failed to provide a properly completed contemporaneous written acknowledgment of the contribution.” Does your church receipt letter comply with the IRS substantiation requirements?
Church Administration is a gift that takes a mix of science (procedures, processes, and techniques) and art (sensitivity to people gifts, needs, situations, and timing). If you have the gift or passion for administration please consider volunteering as a guide, regular contributor, or guest blogger.
I'm a church planter in an area with Army, Air Force, and Navy installations. Recently connected with a new couple that just moved here. They're not Reformed, but told me they had developed a relationship with a chaplain at their last post (Fort Hood) who they thought had attended CTS. This...
It is comforting to know we serve a God who promises to one day set us free from the boundaries of time. But, until then, serving God involves discerning how best to use our gifts and resources – including time. Many Christians choose to offer a portion of their time in the form of
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?
Our pastor retired and the name of the church he founded was also retired. The year prior to his retirement, the budget committee designated a lump sum retirement gift to appreciate his 30 years of sacrifice for God and His church. Is this appreciation gift from the church taxable? That is,...
Bethany is a good employee. She quietly performs her tasks, works her regular hours, gets along with others, and is responsible. Joshua is a remarkable employee. He gets the job done also but seems to excel on the job. What are the attributes that make Joshua a remarkable employee and Bethany a good employee?
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."
Our church was hesitant to get into online giving, primarily because of some of the negative connotations associated with credit card giving. Our pastor asked us to explore the possibilities, and this is what we found:
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...