Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How to Avoid the Top 5 Reasons for Pastoral Terminations

We published a series on How to Avoid the Top 5 Reasons for Pastoral Terminations. This series by Conflict Management specialist Bob Sheffield springs from the 2006 Forced Termination survey conducted by the Church Minister Relation's Directors network in cooperation with LifeWay Christian Resources

Friday, June 12, 2009

9 Ways to Lessen the Chances of an IRS Church Audit

I've just published a new article in the Pastor's Area of LifeWay.com by Keith Hamilton. He offers 9 Ways to Lessen the Chances of an IRS Church Audit. This is from the introduction to the article ...
One of the greatest fears of a church treasurer is that of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service. Understandably, an IRS audit would scare every church treasurer. At least one sales organization plays on this fear in their advertisements by depicting a church financial leader going to jail over these issues. In spite of this misconception, the exact opposite is true. A church treasurer rarely faces jail time or harsh penalties over an IRS audit. However, an IRS audit can be challenging and stressful.

Keith offers several things a church can do reduce its chances of an IRS audit.

Do you suffer from Internet fatigue?

Do you ever get sick of your phone ringing? What about Facebook fatigue? Does Twitter sometimes give you stress headaches, making you occasionally wish you could just yank the plug on your online life?

There's a good article on CNN.com here that offers a summary of some of the findings of new research from The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

You can also take a quiz to learn what type of internet user you are. I found out that I am a "Digital Collaborator."

This is what they say that means:
If you are a Digital Collaborator, you use information technology to work with and share your creations with others. You are enthusiastic about how ICTs help you connect with others and confident in your ability to manage digital devices and information. For you, the digital commons can be a camp, a lab, or a theater group – places to gather with others to develop something new.