by Mark G. Holbrook

We had a Nehemiah event at our church several weeks ago. No, we didn’t rebuild any walls. We did something more enduring with far more impact. We read Scripture aloud for three hours. It was an amazing and moving event inspired by the recounting in Nehemiah 8 of the Scriptures being read for the first time in 70 years. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

With recent news about debit card fees and “Bank Transfer Day” just a couple days away, a lot of people have been talking about banking lately. (If you’ve missed all the hype about the grassroots Bank Transfer Day event, there’s a good explanation of how it got started in an online article titled “Can Credit Unions Make a Success of Bank Transfer Day?”) 

Some churches have even been in the news lately, promoting to their people the idea of switching banks. What about your church or ministry? Have these events prompted your people to think and talk more about banking? What have they been saying? 

(We talked about it more in a post on our blog for missionaries titled “What to Say about Bank Transfer Day?“)

by Jac La Tour

This is the fourth blog in our series of interviews with presenters at the upcoming 2011 Financial Forum for Ministries. This time I spoke with Bryan Taylor, CFA and principal with Cornerstone Management, Inc. His session is titled, “Survival Mode: Piloting Your Ministry’s Finances through the Waters of Economic Uncertainty.”  [read more]

by Jac La Tour

With political candidates now campaigning in earnest and ballot propositions being developed, churches once again face the tension of whether or how to address political issues. In this context, Richard Hammar’s recent brief article titled “The Value of Tax-Exempt Status” in online is worth reading. 

Hammar, a leading specialist in legal and tax issues affecting churches, lists 13 consequences of churches that lose their tax-exempt status. Among them: “Donors no longer could deduct charitable contributions they make to the church.” 

How does your church work through questions of whether or how to become politically active?