The law is clear—as a banker, I’m legally responsible to watch out for financial abuse of older adults. The Bible is also clear—as a follower of Jesus, I’m to watch out for widows and those in need. So, it is important that those of us who work in the financial end of our ministries know how to protect those in our congregation or ministry who are older, have disabilities, or for other reasons might be susceptible to financial abuse. [read more]
Once you set up your ministry’s bank accounts, it’s easy to forget about them except when checking your account balance, making deposits, or writing checks. However, you should do several other vital tasks to ensure that you’re managing your bank accounts well and wisely. [read more]
What are the chances that the clergy housing allowance could be eliminated? Or that church exemptions to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) annual reporting requirements (such as Form 990) could end? If the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has its way in court, these longstanding tax code provisions would be deemed unconstitutional.
Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), reports the details of FFRF lawsuits in a recent Religion Today article. “Depending on the outcomes,” he writes, “these cases could have drastic legal, tax, and finance implications for every congregation throughout the United States.” [read more]
It’s a common tension for churches. Too many needs…too few resources. But what if there were a way to actually identify and meet more and more of the needs in your city? One pastor, Miles McPherson at the Rock Church in San Diego, says it’s possible, so we asked him to explain how. [read more]
It’s not often you find a book written by a senior pastor with “award-winning journalist” on his résumé. John S. Dickerson, senior pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Prescott, Arizona, earned the Arizona Newspaper Association’s “Journalist of the Year” award when he was just 24. Then Tom Brokaw named him one of the three best journalists in the nation. [read more]