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How the church can reimburse ministerial expenses legally
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Since ministers are not allowed to deduct church-related business expenses from their local church employment as self-employed workers, often ministers and other church employees pay unnecessary income taxes on legitimate business expenses. Also, ministers face the impression that they are overpaid because churches include church-related business expenses as part of the minister’s pay package. The Internal Revenue Service has established an acceptable way for churches to reimburse its employees for church-related business expenses as tax-free reimbursements. More

Survey: Pastors value seminary education
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Protestant pastors value their seminary education and integrate their learning into the way they serve their congregations, according to LifeWay Research survey information released in March of this year. Among the surveyed pastors, 85 percent said they have taken seminary classes, and 96 percent of that group said they would repeat those seminary classes if "they had it to do over again." More

Giving 'til it hurts
The Muskegon Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The irony of a church recently seeking help paying its own bills wasn't lost on the staff at the United Way of Muskegon County, Mich. With churches often leading the way in providing assistance to others, one coming for help in paying a $6,800 utility bill presented a startling realization. What happens to a community when those who help others fall on hard times? It isn't the only church that is struggling with shrinking tithing and dwindling collection plates as church members lose their jobs. More

E-salvation? Can it happen in the media?
Phil Cooke    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every day, more of our media viewers or listeners are opting to go on church and ministry Web sites to give, ask for prayer, order products. We as a Church who uses television and Web as ministry need to understand that a one way communication is often used by the Holy Spirit to quicken someone toward a relationship with God. But they need the next step too! They need to know what to do with their new found faith and there is no one they trust more than the minister that was just touching their heart through television. More

Strengthening Spiritual Commitment
Worship services are incredible ministry opportunities, but leaders often lose sight of strengthening people's spiritual commitment and focus on producing a weekly event. We've partnered with Eric Geiger to develop the ACS Technologies ministry guide It Is All About The Weekend...And Then What? in response to this essential ministry area. more

Planting the church
Outreach Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When sensing God's unique call to plant a church, most pastors are full of dreams about the church and culture they want to cultivate. But even the loftiest dreams are not enough. The task of church planting requires seeking guidance from those who’ve been there. Outreach sat down with five veteran church planters to discuss what they did right, what they would do differently, and how they walked through the challenges of the first few years. More

Consultations: The five church rights
Church Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Today, churches are increasingly seeking help from outside consultants. There are certainly more than enough consultants to go around. The result: finding the right consultant for your church can be a daunting task. So, is there a standard? Are there basic guidelines churches can use when considering a church consultation? The author believes there are five basic rights every church should expect from a consultation. More

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Church security: Utilizing off-duty police
Christian Security Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jeff Hawkins, executive director of Christian Security Network, believes off-duty police personnel are a great, added benefit to many churches that do not have the resources to have their own armed security team. These are trained officers with police powers who are already equipped to deal with whatever happens in your church. I have had detectives, SWAT Team members, K-9 Officers, and Command Staff work for me over the years. Not only does hiring off-duty police from your area give you an immediate added advantage of trained, experienced personnel right away, but it develops that personal relationship with the police in your area, which is of tremendous benefit overall. More

Five myths about emerging adult faith
Leadership Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you want to rile up church leaders, drag out dubious statistics about how many Christians fall away from the faith after high school. We fear for our youth, that they'll rebel against what their parents and churches taught when they leave home and the youth group. But what if we're wrong? What if our particular fears about "emerging adulthood," the period between the ages of 18 and 29, are unfounded? The National Study of Youth and Religion provides us with a treasure trove of valuable information based on interviews with thousands of emerging American adults. More

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Overcoming the obstacles to women in ministry
Ministry Today Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Everyone who answers God's call to ministry will have obstacles to overcome, regardless of their gender. However, being a female in ministry does pose unique challenges. Looking back over my her own ministry experiences, the author of this article realizes there have been numerous hurdles along the way. Many were character-developing, faith-expanding, destiny-defining and definitely Christ-confirming. More

What church playgrounds can learn from amusement parks
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The goal for amusement parks is to attract guests and increase attendance. Year after year they explore creative approaches and new strategies to bring in visitors. As a result, the amusement industry has had to be on the cutting edge. Churches have something in common with the amusement industry: Both are relentless in the search for ways to attract people. Amusement parks do it to make money while the church does it to build its ministry and spread its teachings. Here are four successful strategies from the amusement industry that can be integrated into the church to maximize the ministry. More

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Turning a culture of debt into a culture of thrift
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A growing number of American Christians and even some secular groups are beginning to believe John Wesley had the right idea: “Make all you can; save all you can; give all you can.” Hard work, thrift and philanthropy seem counter-cultural in a time and place where debt is pervasive, with individuals, families, companies and even the government borrowing increasing amounts of money. Churches can offer American culture the gift of stewardship. Church leaders preach about wise stewardship of time, energy and resources. Through church-sponsored financial seminars, people learn how to get out of debt and stay that way. And some congregations take seriously the responsibility to model wise stewardship to the world. More

Christ's love shown in coal tragedy
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The West Virginia coal mine tragedy was an opportunity for Southern Baptists to show compassion to individuals who may not have had much experience with church, a North American Mission Board worker said. "So many people were ministered to and loved on through genuine care from different pastors, and I think some people for the first time realized that it wasn't just about gaining something for the church," Charlie Minney, associational missionary for the Coalfields Association of Southern Baptists in Logan, W.Va., told Baptist Press. More

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Churchgoers' tithes pay for $13 million facility
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The senior pastor of a megachurch in Albany, Ga., is praising God for blessing his congregation’s tithes amid economic challenges to help them move into a multimillion-dollar church building. On Easter Sunday, the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church congregation dedicated a $13 million, 67,000-sq. ft. facility together with Albany City Mayor Willie Adams and Georgia House Democrat Sanford Bishop, among others. According to Mt. Zion Senior Pastor Daniel Simmons, the five-year expansion project succeeded largely because of the church’s tithes, which never decreased even amid the downturn. More

San Diego event reaches out in many ways    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Take five United Methodist congregations; add a dash of inspiration, a pinch of imagination and 750 eager volunteers in red shirts, and you have “Impact San Diego,” a successful Rethink Church event. People of all ages from the congregations and the community gathered Sunday, April 11, to receive and complete their assignments. More

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NACBA TeleWeb: Advanced Accounting Series , Part 2
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Join us for part 2 of the Advanced Accounting Series featuring Vonna Laue, April 29 at 1:30 CDT. Frequently you are required to communicate financial information to your governing board or a committee. Do you feel that you do that in a way that is meaningful and allows them to make accurate and informed decisions? Maybe you could still improve a little in this area. We will discuss ways to learn what they want, communicate what they need, and help the decision makers know what they should to know. In this session, titled "Answering the Unasked Questions," you'll learn the communication skills needed to help your board make an informed decision. National members pay $59 while non-national members pay $69. Register today! More
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