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Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor”2018-11-03T15:24:08+00:00

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Equal Opportunity Ignorer

Sunday, December 16, 2018 Equal Opportunity Ignorer DRF—Suppose her name is Shelly. She will ignore what you say, your friends say and what her family says. She is physically present in those conversations but not intellectually engaged. Shelly is waiting for the next opportunity to give her thoughts. She wants to say something more, not hear your views.  Don’t feel badly. Shelly is not being mean just to you, as she treats everyone this way. [...]

Maximum Contributions in Affordable Care Act?

Saturday, December 15, 2018 Hey Fletch … Our church requires any employee who uses our health insurance to pay part of the premium. I heard somewhere that there is a maximum that we can charge. Is this so? DRF—You heard correctly. The Society for Human Resource Management article puts it this way: For plan years beginning in 2018, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if an employee's required contribution for self-only coverage for the least-expensive [...]

Four Levels of Givers

Friday, December 14, 2018 Hey Fletch … I was at the Smart Money for Church Salaries workshop in Dallas. It was awesome. I’m creating an executive summary of my notes for our directional team at our church and I came across a note I took over our lunch discussion on generosity. It says, “We should target each of the four giving groups at our church on a monthly basis.” I didn't capture what these four [...]

Start-up Manual for New XP?

Thursday, December 13, 2018 Hey Fletch … I was an XP over 20 years ago in a startup role when two churches merged. It has about 1,400 attenders. Since then I’ve been teaching in a university. I have an interview next week for an XP role in a church of about 200. Is there a step-by-step manual for being a startup XP? I need help if I should get this position. DRF—I don’t know of [...]

Renting Church Rooms to the School District

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Hey Fletch … We are in an unusual place. Many times new churches rent or lease space from public school systems. Our county school system is seeking to lease classroom space from us to house a portion of their alternative school program, many of whom have disciplinary issues. We desire to be good neighbors and have an ideal small Sunday School space. Our Trustees only want to charge for “reasonable cost recovery.” Would the income received likely [...]

Volunteer Hours for Emergency Relief

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Hey Fletch … I’m wondering if our non-exempt staff can put in extra hours during an emergency. Do they have to be paid for this? I found this online as it references “emergency relief capacity.” If individuals volunteer to a private, not-for-profit organization, are they entitled to compensation? Individuals who volunteer their services in an emergency relief capacity to private not-for-profit organizations for civic, religious or humanitarian objectives, without contemplation or [...]

Not a Pastor, Can I Lead a Wedding?

Monday, December 10, 2018 Hey Fletch … What does the Bible say about who can perform a wedding? Are they any state or federal laws on it? I’m asking because I’ve been asked to do a friend’s wedding but I’m not ordained or a pastor. DRF—The Bible is silent on who can perform a wedding and how the wedding should be carried out. There is no mandate that the wedding be performed in a church [...]

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