Do you have questions or need guidance on compensation for your church staff? Inputting current compensation on this survey may help your church in the future.
Welcome to a place to where we can help each other with knowledge and understanding in the area of church administration. I served as church administrator at Brookside CRC in Grand Rapids for 8 ½ years and now serve in the Ministers’ Pension Office in Grand Rapids. I’m a business graduate from Calvin and have been a member of CRC congregations all my life including Redlands, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; Sun Valley, CA; and Grand Rapids, MI. A couple years ago Chris Cok, the controller at the denomination, and I posted on the CRC website “Financial Resources from Churches and for Churches.” Now the site http://www.crcna.org/pages/finance.cfm is linked to the Church Administration Network. We hope you find these resources helpful in your work. If you don’t see what you need, we look forward to your questions for possible new additions. If you have something that you think would be of interest to others in the area of church administration, please send it my way so we may continue to assist each other as we faithfully serve our Lord through the use of our gifts in administration. God bless you in your service, Sheri Laninga
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.
We often talk about bullying in schools and strategies to encourage decreased aggression for our children. But what about bullying in our everyday lives as adults in the church?
Do you know who is the IRS responsible party at your church? The IRS has new requirements for informing them of any change within 60 days. This true story will prompt you to be vigilant about informing the IRS of any changes.
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.
I attended a large nondenominational church recently and was struck by a couple of their "general announcements" regarding WiFi and Facebook/Twitter.
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.
Do you have mandates for your work as elders and deacons? Do you regularly review the vision of your ministry? Have you looked at how the Manual of Christian Reformed Church Government defines your responsibilities?
It is important to track your giving so you know as leadership where the church finances stand at any time. Each church handles giving communication differently and these are a few ideas from a variety of churches.
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 includes an IRA Charitable Rollover Extension which provides a renewed opportunity for those who are 70 ½ or older to give tax-free from their IRA through calendar year 2013.
Some suggestions:Insurance should be handled the same for all employees based on full-time (30 or more) or part-time (may be two levels 20+ or under 20 typically) Pension is a covered item...posted on: Church Compensation: Reasonable and Fair?
Here are a couple resources that may be helpful for you:
The first is a blog (found here) that includes brief background on Bylaws as well as a sample church Bylaws...posted on: Articles of Incorporation?
If you look under Church Admin & Finance, Ministry Organization and look at the resources, you will find a sample mandate for an Administration Team. The Finance Team is a subset of this team...
A sample bylaw is now posted under the Church Admin & Finance section.posted on: Are There Examples/Samples for CRCNA Bylaws?
My church doesn't list all the staff salaries including the pastor on the budget sheet but if someone wants a breakdown of the salaries, they are welcome to request more information from the...posted on: The Disclosure of Church Staff Salaries
The post has been edited to add US! Thanks for Canadian info. If individuals would like to post blogs pertinent to Canada, let me know!posted on: Employee vs. Independent Contractor (US)
Since the pension benefit calculation is based on the final average salary (FAS) of all ministers at the year of retirement, salary differences between one minister and another (f they retire at...
This insurance change would be for those who are under 65 and not participants in Medicare.posted on: Health Insurance - US
I am not aware of the availability of the Letter of Call in Word format instead of pdf.posted on: Letter of Call
Check out this past blog post for more information on defibrillators.