Church Weekday Education Leadership Training

The State Board of Missions will host church weekday education (CWE) leadership training on May 3-4 at Shocco Springs Conference Center. The event, sponsored by the Office of LeaderCare & Church Health, will allow CWE teachers and directors the opportunity to take classes and learn how to become more effective in their jobs. Training will [...]

Church Weekday Education Leadership Training2019-04-11T00:37:51-05:00

Cost concerns: churches, pastors face questions about pay, insurance and benefits

As Mike Jackson travels around the state meeting with churches in transition, he says one question comes up more and more frequently than any others. “What I’m seeing is a lot of churches who are wrestling with should we move from full-time ministry to bi-vocational when it comes to hiring a pastor,” said Jackson, director [...]

Cost concerns: churches, pastors face questions about pay, insurance and benefits2019-03-27T13:37:11-05:00

A Call to Church Revitalization

Last fall, I received a call from State Missionary Mike Jackson asking if I would consider returning to the State Board of Missions to work in the area of church revitalization. I prayed and sought godly counsel as I wrestled with this decision. After all, I loved the pastorate and I loved the church I [...]

A Call to Church Revitalization2019-02-08T09:04:37-05:00

Helping churches and ministers with tax questions

Tax season is here: a time when churches must prepare forms such as W-2s for employees and should provide givers with written acknowledgments of tax-deductible tithes and offerings. In addition, the filing of annual tax returns by ministers and other taxpayers is due by April 15. The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) provides [...]

Helping churches and ministers with tax questions2019-02-07T15:41:38-05:00

Financial Q&A for the Bivocational Pastor

The number one financial question among bivocational pastors is "Can all my income be in housing allowance?” Answer: “Yes, if that is appropriate for your situation.” The average bivocational pastor in Alabama makes about $19,000 per year from their church, so for many, it would be reasonable. Ministers should consider their particular situation as they [...]

Financial Q&A for the Bivocational Pastor2019-02-12T22:17:59-05:00

Most Important Tax News in a Generation

Many church members believe that the pastor is self-employed. Many churches treat the pastor as self-employed concerning compensation and taxes. But the truth is that the minister serving a church is self-employed concerning Social Security and Medicare but an employee in every other way. Minister tax experts call this a “dual tax status.” This fact [...]

Most Important Tax News in a Generation2019-02-12T22:18:00-05:00

Church leaders urged to be wise managers of Lord’s money, educated on tax laws

It’s the Lord’s money and church leaders need to use it wisely, said Lee Wright, coordinator of church compensation services for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. Wright speaks on this topic often. In fact, he led 10 “Church Financial Issues” conferences in 2017. He discussed a variety of financial issues in speaking to [...]

Church leaders urged to be wise managers of Lord’s money, educated on tax laws2019-02-12T22:18:00-05:00

Important IRS News for Churches

There are 2 pieces of information important to church staff and church treasurers as we begin the new year.  See IRS.gov, then click on the news tab. IRS mileage rate for 2018 Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 54.5 [...]

Important IRS News for Churches2019-02-12T22:18:02-05:00

It’s Time to Freeze Your Credit

You have heard the news reports about the Equifax data breach. You should assume that your personal information is in the hands of criminals. You have also heard the instructions to “freeze your credit,” but many Americans are confused or intimidated by this process. Combining the best advice from consumer advocates Jean Chatzsky, Dave Ramsey [...]

It’s Time to Freeze Your Credit2019-02-12T22:18:08-05:00

Conference to Prepare Participants to ‘Give Defense’ for Faith

In 1 Peter 3:15, the disciple urges his fellow Christians to “always be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you to give the reason of the hope that you have.” “Peter knew that the gospel would be most effectively shared in [his] culture through hopeful living and strategic conversations,” said Kevin Blackwell, [...]

Conference to Prepare Participants to ‘Give Defense’ for Faith2017-07-27T16:47:19-05:00

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