How Water Damage Turned Into Blessing

July 31, 2019 ...

While our church leaders were going through the Church Generosity course, the church custodian found water damage in the church’s crawlspace. Contractors then found that our church building had structural damage that would need to be fixed as soon as possible. What we hoped would be an easy fix turned into a $100,000 project. For …

On Taxes for Pastors & Churches

July 26, 2019 ...

What are the most significant tax issues pastors and churches should know about? There are a couple of fundamental tax issues for pastors and churches to understand. First, if a pastor is licensed, commissioned or ordained and performing ministerial duties, he or she must be treated as a minister for Social Security tax purposes. This …

Getting Pastor Compensation Right

July 22, 2019 ...

When determining budgets each year, there are usually competing factors to consider. For instance, how does your church handle a downturn in annual giving while seeking to hire new staff? What about an unseen repair to the leaky church basement versus giving well deserved raises? All of these needs are vital to the ministry of …

When Hope-Givers Run Low on Hope

July 19, 2019 ...

Pastors are primary agents of Jesus and the gospel in America’s 350,000 churches. But, what if the pastor runs low on hope? The pastor who is tired, stressed, broke and discouraged may be like the car running on empty that can’t make it all the way home. Pastors need hope to give hope. Shepherding people, …

Bless Your Pastor

July 17, 2019 ...

The financial stress that many pastors face can be greatly alleviated when church leadership teams and families discover there are many creative ways to show and share God’s love for their pastors beyond the paycheck. The Bless Your Pastor initiative is an opportunity for your church to take seriously the call to care for your …

The Role Seminaries Play in Pastoral Debt

July 15, 2019 ...

Rising Seminary Costs Many blame the problem of pastoral debt on the rising cost of tuition at seminaries. Others pin the problem on the government for making loans too easy for students to access. The loans can be (and in many cases are) used not just for school but for living expenses, such as transportation, …

When Compensation Comes Up Short

July 10, 2019 ...

Appropriate Compensation A lot of ministers consider it unspiritual to negotiate with the search committee concerning their total compensation. I served two churches; in both instances I simply listened to the total package the churches offered and only made suggestions as to the breakdown of the total. According to research from the National Association of …

Generous Life Devotional

April 24, 2019 ...

Each day provides biblical insights on generosity and giving, along with other resources. At the end of every week, we provide an inspiring article, practical worksheet and discussion questions. It is best to go through the devotional with other people, such as your spouse, family, close friends or small group, so that you will be …