XPastor—Help for Leading and Managing the Church 2018-03-16T10:11:06+00:00

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“Hey Fletch”

From around the globe, people tune in on Fletch’s warm and sound advice. He’s a friend and “church doctor,” bringing an objective perspective, broad knowledge and vast experience. Your question will get a personal reply from Fletch.

Today and Yesterday’s Columns:

Humor, Trace

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Humor, Trace

DRF—I’m guilty of having dry humor, sometimes arcane or zany. I can’t tell a canned joke to save my life. Spontaneous humor, puns, play on words, situational comedy … these are my bread and butter. Problems arise with newcomers in my life. They don’t know that I have shifted gears, going from the serious to verbally playful. 

Without a verbal clue, people think that my outlandish stretching of a story is really the truth. So emerged the helpful line at the end of story, pun or joke: “humor, trace.”

And for those more literal minded people, it let’s them know to laugh. Humor, trace.

One Size Fits All Retirement Plan

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hey Fletch … My question is regarding retirement and employer contributions. We’ve had a one size fits all approach but now our staff has grown in numbers and levels of responsibility and we need to revisit it asap. I’m wanting to know how others categorize which staff gets what for retirement.

DRF—That question may be out of my pay grade (pun intended). Let me copy Dixie Beard at GuideStone on this as she is an expert at GuideStone Financial Resources. I might give the correct answer … or she may have to set me straight. To my knowledge, you can still separate your employees into classes—such as pastors, administrative personnel, facility workers, preschool teachers, etc. Each class can have a separate retirement structure.

Dixie Beard—You were on the right track, David. If the church is offering a 403(b) non-ERISA retirement plan, the church has flexibility. The church can provide different levels of employer contributions for various classifications of employees. For example, the church can provide a 10% employer contribution for the ministerial employees, 5% for the administrative employees and 3% for all other employees. Or, the church can state they want to provide employer contributions for only the Senior Pastor. It is up to the church as to how it wants to establish the employer contributions.

Recent Articles

March, 2018

Spiritual Trucks

By | March 15th, 2018|

Trucks are built solid. On a dirt road, you can easily drive from 30 to 60 miles per hour. On a paved road, a truck could top out at 100 mph. Trucks are built [...]

Soapbox Racers

By | March 9th, 2018|

Driving 80 miles per hour in a Soapbox Racer is absurd. You will quickly crash. Accelerate your Soapbox Racer from 10 mph up to 30 mph. You will rejoice at going 30 mph. But your [...]

February, 2018

Read the Great Books 2018

By | February 9th, 2018|

Each year for the XP-Seminar, we cull the world for great books on personal enrichment, management and leadership: Classics—never forget about the great ones! Business books—our friends in the business world have lessons to [...]

Great Books 2018

By | February 5th, 2018|

Great Books 2018! Crisis Leadership: Personal Accounts From Leaders Who Found Their Way and Thrived Scott Barfoot and David Fletcher--Editors Crisis Leadership takes a fresh and compelling look inside the [...]

Executive Pastor – Seattle, Washington

By | February 2nd, 2018|

Rainier Avenue Church in Seattle, Washington, is looking to hire a full time Executive Pastor. This pastor would help RAC live out our vision by developing healthy church practices and investing in leaders. They would [...]

January, 2018

Job Description—Executive Pastor—Sample

By | January 23rd, 2018|

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is a sample job description that David Fletcher put together, a compilation of [...]

Executive Pastor – Newton, Kansas

By | January 20th, 2018|

The role of the Executive Pastor (XP) of Grace Community Church in Newton, Kansas, is to assist the Elders and Lead Pastor in ensuring that the systems, practices, activities, policies, and strategic ministry objectives of [...]

Free Tax Guides from ECFA

By | January 18th, 2018|

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is a tremendous asset for churches and non-profits. ECFA is providing---for free---their two popular annual tax guides---Ministers’ Taxes Made Easy and Church Reporting Made Easy. These eBooks are now available [...]

Five Myths About Asset-Based Giving

By | January 17th, 2018|

Steve Caton has let the XPastor community in on a new e-book that he helped develop. This special report is for church and ministry leaders, 5 Myths about Asset-Based Giving. It dismantles the five most common misconceptions [...]

Executive Pastor – Greenville, Texas

By | January 9th, 2018|

Highland Terrace Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas is seeking a full time Executive Pastor. Duties will include administration, education, outreach and occasional preaching. Experience and education preferred. Please send resumes to Brenda Short at [email protected]

Simple Steps to Online Safety

By | January 5th, 2018|

Malware. Ransomware. Identity and data theft. Phishing. Corporate account takeovers. Denial of service attacks. As recent headlines illustrate, cyber attacks are a real and growing risk for all organizations. It’s no longer a question of [...]

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