Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor”2019-05-07T21:41:37-05:00

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Questions for Reference Checks

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Hey Fletch … Are there any limits to the questions we can ask in a reference call? I ask because I used to work for a para-church organization and was involved in hiring a few times. One of my supervisors used to say that he gets around any illegal questions by asking the references those questions … because everything is free game with a reference. I wanted to check and see [...]

Borrowing Designated (Restricted) Gift Balances

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Hey Fletch … Our finances have trended downward and we borrowed $20,000 from the unused balances of restricted funds. This caused some controversy on the church board. What is your counsel? DRF—I have received so many questions about restricted gifts to churches. I’ve consulted with my friend Dan Busby, President of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Here are his thoughts. Dan—This type of borrowing does occur, often referred to as [...]

Hiring Questions

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Hey Fletch … I have a question about hiring a new staff member. I am the lead pastor at my church and have never been on this side of the hiring process. I know that there are questions which are illegal to ask applicants under the equal opportunity employment act (such as I can't ask if they are married or have a family). My understanding that churches are bound by this [...]

Numbers Based on Operating Budget or Total Revenue

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Hey Fletch … Do you have benchmark data that documents total compensation as a percent of total revenue (restricted and unrestricted), not just of the operating budget? I know over the years I have seen references to both. We chose to interpret it as total revenue, and I’d like to see more recent data supporting our interpretation. DRF—I’m in the camp of looking at total revenue when making comparisons about compensation. [...]

How Can We Do a ‘Love Offering’

Monday, May 6, 2019 Hey Fletch … We occasionally receive love offerings for our senior pastor and other staff members. How should we handle these gifts? DRF—There are so many questions floating out there about restricted gifts to churches. I’ve consulted with my friend Dan Busby, President of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Here are his thoughts. Dan—The phrase ‘love offerings’ does not appear in the federal income tax code or Treasury Regulations. It [...]

Registered Agents with Our State

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Hey Fletch … I would like to say that the XPastor website is awesome! My church has changed the treasurer for the church. Is it necessary to make an amendment with the State of Texas?  DRF—Most states require someone to be the registered agent for the church. Some states require several officers, such as the treasurer, to also be listed with their records. Texas requires a registered agent. Here is [...]

Church Problems and a Senior Pastor Candidate

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Hey Fletch …  We have some serious problems at the church and are also interviewing a senior pastor candidate. Should we tell the candidate about our big issues before or after he has accepted a job? If I tell him, he may not come. If I do not tell him, later he will ask why the problems were not shared. DRF—I would suggest having a frank conversation as soon as [...]

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