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IS “COMPLIANCE” A SCARY WORD?

  Here’s how to avoid some common payroll mistakes Church Executive: Why is it important for a church to understand the differences between an employee and a contractor — and what are those differences?   Sarah Barham: It’s important to understand the differences because of the employer’s tax responsibility and reporting requirements. The church will […]

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ADDRESSING SEXUAL ABUSE FROM THE PULPIT

Proactive Communication ‘From the Front’ By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris In many churches, the topic of child sexual abuse is raised from the pulpit only in the context of an impending crisis within the ministry. Many ministry leaders hope to never need to address the issue of child sexual abuse from the pulpit. The […]

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Why you need a WILL

  A will is an essential part of any estate plan. It is a key document for transferring your assets upon your death. It allows you to decide who inherits which assets and who will manage your estate as executor and/or trustee. According to Caring.com’s 2022 Wills and Estate Planning Study, 1 out of 3 […]

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With its Carson v. Makin decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Maine’s ban on providing aid to religious schools

Church Executive has been following the spate of Supreme Court cases during the last few years where the Court is sorting out the ground rules for when church schools and other church affiliates are allowed to participate in government tuition and subsidy programs and when they can properly be excluded. Drawing the right dividing line […]

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SBC Churches and Child Sexual Abuse

Reasons for Encouragement and Optimism By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris June 10, 2022 Many Baptist leaders and congregation members were discouraged after the release of the Guidepost Solutions Report on May 25th, investigating actions of the SBC Executive Committee related to sexual abuse. The Report focused on sexual abuse RESPONSE and PREVENTION — followed […]

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Made in the SHADE

For one of the country’s biggest, fastest-growing churches, solar structures make a lot of ministry (and monetary) sense In the Phoenix metro area, Christ’s Church of the Valley is a household name. Around the country, it’s similarly well-known as the second-largest and fastest-growing church in America, according to the 2021 Outreach 100 list.  But even […]

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Guidance for smart investing

The term “smart investing” can strike fear in the hearts of clergy — but if this rings true for you, you’re in good company. Many professionals grapple with how to invest intelligently, so the results can fall short of what’s possible.  In this Remote Roundtable Discussion, church executives discuss smart investing strategies with the pros, […]

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Is it time to outsource your church accounting?

  By Sarah Barham Managing church finances can be a daunting task even under the most favorable circumstances. Factor in complex tax reports, bank reconciliations, and ever-changing IRS and state guidelines, and you can guarantee church staff is overspending valuable time on workarounds for processes that could be intuitively streamlined. With outsourced ministry accounting services, […]

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Buy, renovate or build?

How to determine your best path forward By Rodney C. James It doesn’t matter if yours is a more recent church plant looking for its first potential forever home or a well-established church where facilities are hindering you from fulfilling your God-given vision: answering the question, “What do we do next?” has implications that can […]

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Think “borrow” is a bad word? Think again

By Jerry Vaughan “Debt” isn’t a popular word in churches. As church lenders and people of faith ourselves, we understand: it’s difficult to preach about being debt-free and then turn around and borrow money for a building project.  So when cautioned against committing too heavily to raising funds ahead of construction — compared to financing […]

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