All posts from “employment”

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

May 30, 2013 8:00 AM

Q: When we have youth from our high school youth group do childcare for church events, do they need to be put on the payroll? In the past we have just paid them from the ministry fund they are...

LifeWay Research on Gay Marriage and The Church

March 12, 2013 12:56 PM

The results of a new LifeWay Research poll released this morning reveal some interesting attitudes among American adults when it comes to how pastors and church leaders handle the topic of same-sex marriage. In November, LifeWay received 1,191 completed online...

Establishing an Arbitration Policy for Church Staff Disputes

January 15, 2013 8:00 AM

This article is taken from Richard Hammar’s Essential Guide to Employment Issues for Church Boards eBook. For this eBook and other cutting-edge eBooks for church staffs, boards, and clergy, view our online catalog. Disputes occasionally arise between church employees,...

Christian School Teachers Fired for Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancies

May 3, 2012 8:00 AM

Two female teachers at Christian schools in different parts of the country were recently fired for becoming pregnant out of wedlock, according to Cincinnati.com News and WFAA-TV. Both women are working with lawyers on separate lawsuits against the schools...

Needed Church Decisions, Unavoidable Risk: Part 3

March 22, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Today is part three of a three-part series looking at the ways difficult decisions must be made, even when they’re sometimes risky. Part one looked at personnel decisions and part two looked at commitment and considering the...

Needed Church Decisions, Unavoidable Risk: Part 2

March 15, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Today is part two of a three-part series looking at the ways difficult decisions must be made in churches, even when they’re sometimes risky. Part one looked at personnel decisions. In deciding an institutional issue, church leaders...

Needed Church Decisions, Unavoidable Risk: Part 1

March 8, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Today is the first of a three-part series looking at the ways difficult decisions must be made in churches. Church institutional decisions may involve finances, facilities, or personnel, but their common denominator is that if ignored, the...

Supreme Court Affirms 'Ministerial Exception'

January 11, 2012 4:19 PM

In a ringing endorsement of religious liberty, the United States Supreme Court today unanimously affirmed the so-called “ministerial exception” barring civil court review of employment disputes between churches and ministers. The ministerial exception has been applied to a wide range...

Delegating Responsibility in the Church Office

November 29, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Pastor’s Handbook by John Bisagno (B&H, 2011): Imagine trying to lead two million persons across a desert with no map, no food, and no water. Moses had an administrative nightmare not...

Cartoon: Pastor Hides Staff Turnover

November 24, 2011 8:00 AM

If you need human resources materials for your church, see The 2012-2013 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, and the staff section of ChurchSafety.com cover a variety of topics specifically geared toward church staff....

Religious Employment Under High Court's Focus This Week

October 4, 2011 11:38 AM

Editor's Note: The Christianity Today Liveblog, a sister site to ManagingYourChurch.com, covered Monday's important religious employment case development at the U.S. Supreme Court, and briefly previewed Wednesday's Supreme Court review of the ministerial exception. Both will be of significant interest...

Before You Hire, Pick Up the Phone

August 8, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary, a new book by James Emery White (Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2011): I saw him at a church conference. He...

Churches: Get Your I-9s in Order!

August 4, 2011 8:00 AM

If an immigration agent came to your church, would you have the paperwork on hand to verify that all of your employees are eligible to work? More and more employers are discovering the answer to this question the hard way....

'Most Significant Religious Case in 20 Years'

July 13, 2011 8:00 AM

A news article from the July edition of Christianity Today covers the U.S. Supreme Court's April decision to accept a teacher's appeal regarding an unfair firing claim against a Michigan elementary school run by a church. At stake: How...

Supreme Court Tackles 'Ministerial Exception'

April 21, 2011 8:00 AM

Courts have generally recognized a rule known as the "ministerial exception" when it comes to employment lawsuits in churches. Because of the First Amendment, many judges have considered it inappropriate to rule in these disputes, especially when their rulings may...

Illegal Immigrants in the Church

March 15, 2011 8:00 AM

Late last year, we released "Illegal Immigrants in the Church," from Church Law & Tax Report. In it, Richard Hammar and Ann Buwalda, an immigration attorney, review the details on what churches need to know about immigration law as...

10 to Remember From 2010

December 20, 2010 8:00 AM

As 2010 comes to a close, it’s time to get all nostalgic and look back at the year that was. That includes reviewing the articles that interested readers throughout the year. Based on Internet traffic patterns, these 10 articles from...

A Theology of Workflow

November 30, 2010 8:00 AM

Matt Perman wants to help you get your inbox to zero. He wants you to effectively multi-task, organize your desk, and schedule your day. But Perman, who blogs at whatsbestnext.com and is working on a book on productivity, is...

A New, Free Tool for Calculating Church Staff Salaries

November 18, 2010 8:00 AM

One of the best resource books for determining church staff pay, The 2010-2011 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, now offers a free, easy-to-use tool for church leaders. The "Free Compensation Handbook Worksheets Download," walks church leaders through The 2010-2011...

Can Google Hurt a Church Leader's Job Search?

August 12, 2010 8:00 AM

I keep my CV updated. People often need it to introduce me for conferences. The strange thing is, in this era of shared information, I often do not know where my work has been published. My mother recently let me...

5 Ways to Develop Better Interns

July 29, 2010 8:00 AM

I’ve recently thought about the use of interns, which happens frequently today in many churches. I know why: it’s a win-win. The intern gets experience, churches get more hands and (let’s face it) cheap labor, and everybody benefits. That...

Impact of Health Care Reform Issues for Nonprofits

July 13, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: Richard Hammar reviews the 2,500-page health care reform legislation that President Obama signed into law in March 2010 in the feature article of the July/August issue of Church Law & Tax Report. Rich's health care reform analysis...

Is Your Church Giving Raises This Year?

July 8, 2010 8:00 AM

An interesting post recently surfaced in the Church Admin discussion group hosted on Yahoo: "Situation: Our church is currently very close to our income and expense budget for the current year (fiscal year end in December). Last year, the...

Protect Your Ministry with an Employee Handbook

June 1, 2010 8:00 AM

Every ministry, no matter how small, could benefit from maintaining an employee handbook. A proper handbook defines what you expect from employees and what they can expect from you. By following a few simple tips, your ministry handbook can...

A Case Study: When Shortfalls Cloud the Big Picture

April 29, 2010 1:40 PM

The Scenario Mike Newson* and the rest of the leadership of Trinity Church were at a crossroads. It was January—midway through the fiscal year—and Trinity’s income projections weren’t looking any better. It seemed like cuts were inevitable. But the...

Re-thinking The Ways We Hire Church Staff

April 8, 2010 8:45 AM

The single most powerful organizational step your church can take—at least on a human level—is to be organized around the gifts of the Spirit. That means that a church is to be led by people with leadership gifts, taught...

Learning from Lean Staffs during Lean Times

April 7, 2010 12:32 PM

With many congregations facing tighter budgets as they weather the worst economic recession in decades, a recent survey of U.S. church leaders shows that a small percentage of churches are able to continue doing ministry while keeping staffing costs—the single-biggest...

Is God Calling You To Move?

March 4, 2010 8:30 AM

A man 3,000 miles away whom I had never met, the chairman of a pulpit search committee, came to the point quickly on the phone: Would I consider meeting with his group to discuss becoming senior pastor of their...

Oregon Case Provides a Powerful Reminder to Churches

February 17, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: On March 5, 2010, this post was corrected to show the trial court originally ruled in favor of the pastor, and this ruling was recently affirmed on appeal. The correct version appears in full below: Last week,...

Stetzer: Churches Struggle with Fostering Young Leaders

February 11, 2010 8:30 AM

Recently, LifeWay Research surveyed pastors about the church's leadership development and mission. We asked them to rate their agreement in the following three areas: 1) Investing in leaders through the church The survey asked pastors to respond to this statement:...

New Survey on Church Staffing

January 6, 2010 11:50 AM

How lean is your church staff? How does it compare with other church staffs? If you've ever wondered about these questions, here's your chance to find out. The editors of Christianity Today International's Your Church magazine and Leadership Journal...

Resolving Conflict in the Church Office

December 1, 2009 8:45 AM

The scenario that got both Sally and Jim both terminated from their company could have run like this: Jim: All I said was that I needed the documents, completed and signed, by tomorrow night. Sally: Don’t tell me that’s...

How to Interview Your Next Church

November 9, 2009 8:45 AM

One day, I received an e-mail from a senior pastor I didn’t know who leads The Chapel, an 11,000-person church in Ohio. As the founder of XPastor.org, I get a good number of “can you help me?” e-mails. In this...

Top 5 Reasons Churches Wind Up in Court

November 4, 2009 9:40 AM

For many years, I've closely reviewed litigation involving churches to identify patterns that pastors and leaders can use to assess their own risks and potential vulnerabilities. In 2008, the following five types of cases brought churches to court more...

Report: Finances Steady at Two-Thirds of Churches

October 29, 2009 9:00 AM

New research released this week by Indiana University's Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and The Alban Institute suggests giving remained steady--or grew--during the first half of 2009 for two-thirds of the 1,540 churches they surveyed. More than three-fourths...

Raising the Bar in Tough Times

September 22, 2009 10:19 AM

In this uncertain economy, with so many churches scrambling to reduce expenses, the role of the church administrator inevitably will come under the bright light of scrutiny. Because of this uncertainty, church administrators need to spend time reflecting on...