I recently came across an interesting article titled 5 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2016. Check out the author's predictions and let's discuss what you think he got right or wrong this past year.
Does your minister have a "Continuing Education" line item as part of their compensation package? Here is one way you could ensure that your minister uses the fund each year for the primary purpose.
Does your church contribute to a retirement plan or encourage contributions to a retirement plan through matching contributions? One option you may want to consider for your non-minister church staff is a SIMPLE IRA.
Has your church considered the health insurance marketplace option? With the increase in taxable income that may come for many participants, this may not be as good an option as it appears at first.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
If you ended your fiscal year on December 31, you probably have your financial reports completed. Did Council review those statements? Did you make them available to the congregation?
Does your church assist staff other than a Minister of the Word with retirement plan contributions? If we are going to be responsible employers, we should assist all our employees in saving for retirement.
Last week someone requested information on how a church puts together a "package" when calling a minister. The "Letter of Call" is available on the CRC website...
Every church and its employees want to feel confident that their compensation plan is reasonable and fair. One resource where you can compare your plan with thousands of other church workers is the 2010-2011 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff.