Category Archives: Memo From The Mountains

What Happens When the Pastor Leaves?

Unfortunately, no one seems to ask that question until the pastor is gone, when it may be too late.  The time to plan is well before the pastor leaves.  Like making a will, no one wants to confront the inevitable.  No one wants to consider a death or retirement of a popular pastor, but to insure […]

Election a Toss-up Among Christians. Really!

The latest polling among Christians reflects a toss-up  between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in this up coming election.  I must say this to me was remarkable considering that four years ago Romney had a double digit lead over Obama among Christians.  What has Hillary Clinton done to endear herself to Christians?  What has Donald […]

Overtime Rules Apply to Most Ministries

The new overtime rules which go into effect on December 1, 2016 will affect most churches and ministries.  The new ruling will increase exempt employee minimum salary level to $913.00 per week ($47,476.00 per year).  If you have an employee doing exempt employee duties and being paid less than $47,476.00 you will need to do […]

Required Overtime Pay in the Church! OMG!

Yes, the dreaded overtime pay is coming to the church.  On May 18, 2016 the Department of Labor announced an update to overtime regulations which take effect on December 1, 2016.  The update sets the standard salary for full time salaried workers at $913 per week or $47,476 for a full-year worker.  The standard salary […]

Keep An Eye On The “Equality Act”

The “Equality Act” (HB 3185) has been presented in Congress with more than a dozen senators and 100 House members, all Democrats, listed as co-sponsors.  The act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 “to include sex, sexual orientation and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public […]

Background Checks and Parental Consent Forms

When a church considers the types of records that must be kept, it also wonders how long they must be kept.  We have a record retention list which covers most type of records which would be used by a church and could be provided upon request. Recently as a result of a lawsuit against a […]

The Church May Need to Pay Overtime

Looks like President Obama is coming to the aid of overworked church employees.  President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum instructing the Secretary of Labor to update regulations as to who qualifies for overtime.  The Labor Department has published a proposed rule that would increase the salary before overtime for “executive, administrative and professional” employees from […]

I Thought the Church Was Tax Exempt

Churches in general are tax exempt and pay no taxes on contributions, limited fund raisers and related church income.  However, there is something called ‘unrelated business income’ tax that requires churches to file form 990-T to report that income. “Every dollar we make from our activities goes for church ministry.”  The issue is not where […]

Help for Members——-Stay Legal

Even in the best of churches some of our members find themselves in need.  As a church, we feel the need to do what we can to help so we agree to serve as the point of collection for the ‘X’ family.  We let the congregation know of the need, we indicate the church will […]

Seminary Did Not Prepare You For This

Who would have thought that the church would be looking at same-sex marriage, transgender restroom use and sexual harassment policies as part of its church documentation.  But this is the new reality in which the church must function.  Although the new Supreme Court decision imposing same-sex marriage on our country provided some language letting the […]