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Managing Your Church: Should Churches Reject Tax Exemption, As Huckabee Suggests?

Managing Your Church: Should Churches Reject Tax Exemption, As Huckabee Suggests? | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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A respected voice in conservative circles says this privilege has done more potential harm than good. But would the alternative introduce a whole new set of problems for churches?

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Losing Faith in American Institutions

Losing Faith in American Institutions | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
The downward spiral in Americans’ trust is not unique to government, though, and it’s also not terribly recent.
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Churches and Organized Religion declined significantly over 40 years, although the category remains among the most trusted, according to Gallup.

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Managing Your Church: Q&A: Should the Church's Payroll Include Youth Providing Childcare?

Managing Your Church: Q&A: Should the Church's Payroll Include Youth Providing Childcare? | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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Churches: Paying youth to provide childcare at events this summer? They probably should be on the church payroll.

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Managing Your Church: Five Ways to Survive Summer with a Balanced Church Budget

Managing Your Church: Five Ways to Survive Summer with a Balanced Church Budget | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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5 ideas for church leaders on surviving the summer giving doldrums.

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Mastering Minutes for Church Business Meetings: Why this task can't continue to be an afterthought for leaders.

Mastering Minutes for Church Business Meetings: Why this task can't continue to be an afterthought for leaders. | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Why this task can't continue to be an afterthought for leaders.
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Is your church doing this for EVERY meeting?

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Managing Your Church: Stabbing Spree at New Mexico Church

Managing Your Church: Stabbing Spree at New Mexico Church | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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What church leaders can learn from one important detail provided by an eyewitness.

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Activist churches bait IRS, but agency won't bite so far

Activist churches bait IRS, but agency won't bite so far | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
 Pastor Jim Garlow will stand before congregants at his 2,000-seat Skyline Wesleyan Church in La Mesa, California, on Sunday, October 7, jus...
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Includes more details about the church that publicly opposed Clinton in 1992 and was targeted by the IRS (the church says it never fully lost its property tax exemption).

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Episcopal Church wins Virginia Supreme Court ruling

Episcopal Church wins Va. Supreme Court ruling after years-long dispute with breakaway congregation.
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The national denomination keeps a valuable property, while the breakaway church keeps a portion of its coffers.

 

Before any local church considers breaking away from a parent denomination, this resource may help shed light on important considerations: http://store.churchlawtodaystore.com/whchisit.html

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Managing Your Church: Indiana Government Survey: 1 in 4 Say Churches Should Make Payments

Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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New research based on a 2010 survey of Indiana government officials shows 1 in 4 believe churches should make "payments" in exchange for their tax-exempt properties.

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Managing Your Church: What's Next: Should We Use Interns and Residents?

Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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Absolutely loving this guest series by Leadership Network's @davetravis on http://ManagingYourChurch.com. This installment: Should we use interns/residents? http://bit.ly/13UJYw8

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Churches: Financial Transparency is the Order of the Day

Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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Guest post from Leadership Network's Dave Travis on the increasing need for financial transparency by churches of all sizes.

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Field-tested tips for church leaders to follow to conduct a regular financial audit.

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Managing Your Church: Seven Digital Tips in a “Post-Website World”

Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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David Bourgeois, a professor at Biola University, is author of the forthcoming book, Ministry in the Digital Age: Strategies and Best Practices for a Post-Website World. He recently presented a webinar with the Christian Leadership Alliance on several topics covered in his book.

The following seven insights shared by Bourgeois may prove particularly helpful for churches trying to sort out their digital strategies.

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'Here is the Steeple:' Church Leaders Take on Sexual Violence ...

'Here is the Steeple:' Church Leaders Take on Sexual Violence ... | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
The result: a loss of potential by the American church to be a leading and vibrant institution of radical vulnerability and transformative healing. Risk Management vs. Holistic Healing. The Catholic Church has suffered ...
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Our research has shown sexual harassment/misconduct occurs with more frequency than one would expect (or hope) in church offices. And child sexual abuse allegations remain the No. 1 reason churches wind up in court each year.

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Managing Your Church: Addressing Transportation Risks with Youth Groups

Managing Your Church: Addressing Transportation Risks with Youth Groups | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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Does your church rely upon youth drivers for activities, including youth group events? If so, this video by Rich Hammar covers several risks churches need to address.
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Managing Your Church: Opinions Vary on Knowing What People Give

Managing Your Church: Opinions Vary on Knowing What People Give | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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Six leaders weigh in with their opinions. What's yours?

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Managing Your Church: State of the Plate: Church Financial Reserves

Managing Your Church: State of the Plate: Church Financial Reserves | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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Infographic of new research shows that more than half of churches keep less than the generally recommended levels of cash reserves.

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Managing Your Church: Church Giving: Up, Down, or Flat?

Managing Your Church: Church Giving: Up, Down, or Flat? | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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Our new survey results on church giving for 2012 are out. How did your church stack up?

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What Are My Legal Duties for a Marriage Ceremony?: This eight-point checklist keeps the basics straight for pastors.

What Are My Legal Duties for a Marriage Ceremony?: This eight-point checklist keeps the basics straight for pastors. | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
This eight-point checklist keeps the basics straight for pastors.
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A really helpful, year-round list for clergy to reference on marriage ceremonies. A few of these may surprise even the most veteran of ministers.

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Managing Your Church: Three Risks Keeping Church Leaders Up at Night

Managing Your Church: Three Risks Keeping Church Leaders Up at Night | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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Attorney Frank Sommerville shares three ministry risks keeping church leaders up at night.

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Tracking Expenses—Why Churches Must Do Better: Inadequate records can prove costly for pastors and leaders.

Tracking Expenses—Why Churches Must Do Better: Inadequate records can prove costly for pastors and leaders. | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Inadequate records can prove costly for pastors and leaders.
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Michael Batts explains why carelessness with records that track business expenses by church pastors and church leaders can prove costly.

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Managing Your Church: The Top 12 Tax Scams for 2013

Managing Your Church: The Top 12 Tax Scams for 2013 | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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12 tax scams the IRS says church leaders and their congregations should avoid.

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Are Annual Church Pledge Drives Still Relevant?

Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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Why this oft-used tactic no longer seems relevant for churches.

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Do Churches Need to Buy Labor Law Posters?

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Churches often are told they need to buy labor law posters to post in areas where employees will see them. While the information on these posters needs to be posted, this article explains where churches can go to freely download the information. The lesson: Costly labor law posters by vendors are often a waste of money.
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Managing Your Church: Fraud in the Church: Lessons from ACFE Data

Managing Your Church: Fraud in the Church: Lessons from ACFE Data | Church Law Tax Finance Risk Management | Scoop.it
Managing Your Church serves church leaders by providing accurate, authoritative, and timely law, tax, finance, and risk management articles and resources that help them keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound.
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Association report provides three important reminders to leaders.

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