Values that I hold as essential have been shaped by a number of sources; parents, work, friends, church and by the Bible. But the values I live by may not be the same values that others in my organization or finance area share. So I have found it important that we externalize the shared values we hold as a group of individuals who are committed to the functioning of our finance area.
After the economic crisis that began in 2008 triggered the Great Recession, news media reported countless stories of the impact on individual churches. Few of those stories included trends, because the data simply wasn’t available. Today, the numbers are in, and some of them are surprising. [read more]
According to the IRS, the recent sequestration which has gone into effect is imposing automatic cuts to the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit claimed by many small ministries. As a result, the portion of your claim will be reduced by 8.7%. The sequestration reduction rate will be applied until the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2013) or intervening Congressional action, at which time the sequestration rate is subject to change. Check the IRS’s notice for more information.
It’s time again for the federal government to announce next year’s rates and limits for various federal programs. Some of those most applicable to ministries and their employees are: [read more]
Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.
So how can you effectively disciple people who have significant financial resources in matters of generosity and stewardship? How can you engage their hearts and help them catch a vision for your church’s mission? [read more]