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February 1-April 30, 2021 The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions focuses on Southern Baptist mission efforts in the United States and Canada. The 2021 theme is “The Mission Moves Forward” based on 1 Corinthians 15:58. The offering traditionally is featured near Easter each year (April 4, 2021) and supports ministries of North…

GuideStone® has released its most popular annual publication, the 2021 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2020 Returns. This publication helps answer the most common tax-related issues affecting ministers and churches. The tax guide includes tax highlights for 2021 — including 2021 annual contribution limits, 2021 standard business mileage rates and certain tax implications of the CARES…

California’s SB1159 created a law addressing employees who get sick or injured due to COVID-19 on or after July 6, 2020. The law creates a presumption that any COVID-19 related illness of an employee arose out of and in the course of employment for purposes of awarding workers’ compensation benefits if all of the following…

Misclassifying employees is not a new problem among churches; many have been doing this incorrectly for decades. In fact, it’s been done wrong for so long, some don’t believe it’s a problem even when they’re shown the facts. Just because the IRS hasn’t called your organization out for it doesn’t change the fact that the…

Written by Ken Sartain The top ten resolutions for most people: 1. Lose Weight2. Get organized3. Spend less and SAVE more4. Enjoy life to the fullest5. Stay fit and healthy6. Learn something exciting7. Quit Smoking/ Take care of your lungs8. Help others in their dreams9. Fall in love10. Spend more time with family According to…

Watch Ralph Neighbour, our Church Revitalization Initiative team leader, as he interviews three amazing church leaders about engaging new people online. Andy Springer of Heartwood Church, Bogdan Kipko of Forward Church, and Marla Neighbour of Humanity Church provide helpful and practical ideas to reach people in our post COVID-19 world. This interview is a part…

Every year, churches need to approve housing allowances for eligible ministers as well as accountable reimbursement plans for their pastors and other employees. Many churches are still doing things incorrectly by giving their pastors undocumented auto allowances and improper reimbursements for personal health insurance. Income tax-free reimbursements for individual health insurance premiums were prohibited beginning…

It’s here! Our 2021 Church Planning calendar is available for use. Your 2021 Church Planning Calendar can be downloaded as printable PDF here.

In late November, 21 pages of new workplace regulations from Cal/OSHA took effect that have serious implications and consequences for virtually all public and private employers, including most churches. Also, a new section will also be added to the Labor Code effective January 1, 2021. While the new Labor Code section probably has little implication for…

Churches should begin considering their course of action regarding in-person worship based on the Supreme Court’s recent injunctive relief decision which barred New York from enforcing its “lockdown” orders. Courts in California may have to wrestle with cases in their own jurisdictions because of the decision. The nation’s highest court has indicated that the plaintiffs,…