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Are Church Musicians Employees or Independent Contractors?

I was recently reminded about this important topic during a session with Frank Sommerville, a leading nonprofit attorney. Are musicians, even if they are only used for special events, independent... [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

Why Your Ministry Might Be Overspending

A finding in the 2012-2013 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff indicated that more churches operated in the black in 2011 than in 2010. While that is encouraging, I was alarmed by the percentage of churches that still spend more than... [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

Saving Cash Could Save Your Ministry

In a recent letter to his shareholders, Warren Buffet makes mention of wisdom he learned from his grandfather, Ernest. Buffet, who was listed again as the third richest individual in the world by Forbes... [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

Nine Clever Ways to Thank Your Donors

I came across this great reminder of simple but important ways to thank and communicate to donors from Nonprofit Marketing Guide. I especially love this suggestion: “Write a Greeting Card, Not a... [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

Important Reminders about Transporting Money across Borders

It is common for ministries to transport U.S. dollars internationally for ministry work. When doing so, it is important to follow... [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

How to Budget in a Changing Economy

For years, budget planning followed the same pattern for many ministries: Review last year’s budget, gather all wish lists, and increase the budget accordingly. Then we were hit with the... [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters