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A California Court of Appeal decision in September 2021 makes it increasingly difficult for employers, including churches, to conduct criminal background checks of prospective employees, contractors, and volunteers. The result is that most, if not all, courts in California must immediately stop allowing electronic searches of their databases using the known date of birth and/or…

By Margaret Colson It’s not about basketball. It’s not about the baby doll. As New Vision Church in San Diego gives away thousands of toys to children each Christmas, it’s “not about the toys,” insists Sean Beaudoin, outreach, life groups and connections pastor at the church. “That’s not the gift. The gift is the hope…

By Anthony Beaird As the Creek Fire burned nearly 400,000 acres and destroyed 856 structures in the Sierra National Forest just north of Fresno in 2020, California Southern Baptists found avenues to provide hope for evacuees amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “The reports we were getting was that the fire was moving closer to Oakhurst. That…

By David Roach BAKERSFIELD—The wrestling coach at a local high school was a member at Crossover Church of Rosedale and wanted to determine how he could serve. So he and pastor Kyle Hogg came up with an idea: a wrestling ministry. The coach, a sought-after wrestling instructor, teaches boys to wrestle, and Hogg shares the…

Legal & Risk Management Guidance for Ministry Leaders on Navigating Religious Exemptions in Their Congregation, August 25, 2021. Have you had a congregant ask you for a signature to help them get a religious exemption for vaccines? If so, you’re not alone. While the topic is a touchy one, it is important that we address…

For the first time ever, clergy and church workers engaged in religious education, worship, and proselytizing—and who have carried debt from federal Direct student loans for at least 10 years—are now eligible to seek forgiveness through the US Department of Education’s (DOE) Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. The change went into effect on July…

By David Roach LOS ANGELES—Pastor Michael Hibbert was at a party when he met a young man named Denzel. They began talking, and Hibbert invited him to church. Denzel called a couple of months later and said he wanted to attend. Before long, he committed his life to Christ and Hibbert learned the depth of…

Max Herr, CSBC HR and Church Compliance Specialist, hosted a conversation with the team from Church Growth Services on Stewardship.

Our HR and Compliance Ministry Specialist, Max Herr, walks you through preparing your budget for 2022.

Has your church considered the value of its electronic data assets? Can you even begin to put a price tag on its worth? Are your church’s data properly protected from unauthorized viewing, corruption, loss due to fire or theft? Your data is no less valuable, and deserves the same sorts of protection, as your buildings…