XPastor—Help for Leading and Managing the Church David Fletcher
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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.
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.
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! 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 [...]
2018-02-02T10:22:32+00:00 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 [...]
Excerpt from Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace I’ll never forget the first time I hired someone and felt good about it. We shook hands over a cup of coffee, and I walked away [...]
2018-02-24T18:34:29+00:00 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
2018-01-09T18:37:51+00:00 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]
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 [...]