In nonprofit organizations and churches, Board members have a fiduciary duty of care to oversee the financial management of the organization. This doesn’t mean that the Board must approve every purchase order or walk through every receipt—that would be too cumbersome a process and would likely intrude on the responsibilities of the senior leader and staff…Read More
Increasingly, nonprofit organizations, including churches, engage in business activities usually reserved for the for-profit sector. For example, several churches rent out facilities as commercial landlords or operate coffee shops as part of the church’s ministry strategy…Read More
I’ve always loved a good atlas. As a kid, I spent hours looking at maps, including the Rand McNally Road Atlas of the United States. That atlas shows you states, counties, cities, interstate highways, state highways, county roads, lakes, rivers, populations, and so much more. There’s nothing wrong with modern apps that help plot a course, but there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned atlas for a road trip…Read More
At one time, it was inconceivable that churches would be named in a lawsuit, but today it is all too common. In fact, many churches are sued by their own members, not just by people from outside the church. So, what are the top three reasons churches end up in court?Read More
Ten days before new federal regulations raising the salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476 were to go into effect, Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily halted the increase.Read More
Bob was injured in a car accident three years ago. Does he still have time to file a claim to recover for his injuries? How about the damages to his car?
Sally went to the doctor who told her that a mass was not malignant. Three years later, another doctor identified the same mass as cancer. Can Sally file a medical malpractice claim, or has time run out?
Keep reading to determine if you still have time to file your claim.Read More
Who owns my sermons?Read More
We’ve all seen it, breaking news stories involving board members allegedly failing to fulfill their fiduciary duties to the organization. So, that begs the question: What are the fiduciary duties of a board member?
Military historians and experts coined the term mission creep to describe military operations that started with one purpose, but drifted to another—think Korean War. The war started to protect southern Korea from invasion from the north; however, the mission crept from protecting the south to re-uniting the Korean peninsula. Of course, the existence of North and South Korea remind us that the mission crept to failure.
Today, mission creep describes any organization or policy that gradually creeps in a new direction—often fueled by a perceived opportunity or crisis.
Church planters have a lot of questions to answer before starting a new church.
Who hires the staff?
Who approves the budget?
Who can fire the lead pastor?
Who votes on what?
Who elects the leaders?Read More