Tag: Church

Here are your clergy tax options

Because you’re in ministry, you’re taxes are more complicated. You have a housing allowance, you may or may not have exempted out of social security and for various reasons, every church processes the taxes of their pastors differently (I know from personal example). You have have had taxes down at your last church, but now you’re totally confused.

Most of you only have a couple of tax options:

  1. Do them yourself.
  2. Go to the local tax prep office
  3. Go to a CPA

Let me evaluate your three options.

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One HUGE mistake ministry leaders often make

I’m probably preaching to the proverbial choir. If you’re reading this, it probably doesn’t apply to you… or maybe it does.

One of the biggest mistakes ministry leaders often make is to not take the time to learn from others. Before your mind goes there, I’m not entirely thinking what you think I’m thinking. I’m not necessarily talking about the well read and well visited blogs and books written by the top ministry leaders in Christendom… although you should learn from them as well.

I’m talking about the church down the street and the church you’ve never heard from in Montana. They’re doing something you haven’t thought of already and if you’d take a few moments of your day for a conversation, it could better you ministry.

Hey, you don’t have to tell me. We’re all busy. I’m so busy, I’ll never get everything done in the week that I need to get done this week. If I add a non-essential phone call, a less-than-critical lunch or God forbid – a day trip for a visit… well, how will I ever get all my work done. This is the very reasonable line of thinking that every busy ministry leader faces. However, I’m a big believer in the line that “Leaders are Learners” and that means budgeting a little bit of time to learn not just from books, but from others. Yes, that means you might miss a deadline or not get something else done, but the value of learning something new that could changed what you do is to critical to putt off.

This last week I gave about 5 hours to learning from others and it was huge.

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Pornography statistics

I’m at the end of my two week series of sex, porn and children’s ministry and I want to cram in a few last bits of information. A friend of mine who heard about this series sent me some links to share....

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The church and sex ed

As I was writing this series about sex and Chidlren’s Ministry last week and this week, I didn’t even realize that Children’s Ministry Magazine published a pretty significant article on this very topic in their...

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Kids caught in the porn trap

So this week I’ve broached the subject of sex, porn and Children’s Ministry, but I mostly opened the conversation about parent driven sex talks and resources. I haven’t said much about pornography though....

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A new word for discipleship

Words are so interesting. Over time, they change meaning, lose effectiveness or develop a stigma. When it comes to faith, we see this all the time. Pick up C.S. Lewis’ book Mere Christianity and the opening chapter will...

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More social media factoids

A few months ago I posted this video about the power of social media. Then a few weeks ago I found the video below from David Wakerly’s blog. I’m probably just preaching to the choir here, but this social media thing...

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Random design question

Okay, my design question isn’t really random, it just doesn’t have anything to do with kids or church ministry. My parents own their own tax business. They’ve been a part of a franchise for the last 5-6 years,...

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Need Bibles or books?

About six or seven year I ran into these guys at the CPC in Atlanta. I didn’t really have a definitive source for Bibles or other books. When I needed to buy Bibles by the case, I haven’t found anyone who can beat...

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