Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor”

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

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Outsourcing Financials Roles

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Hey Fletch … We are considering outsourcing our financial roles. Any insight on this? Pros / Cons? DRF—I answered a related question on August 29, 2018 in “Would We Save Money by Outsourcing Cleaning?” The principles are the same for outsourcing financial services as to cleaning services—cost, security and savings. The risk is similar. In the one case you are handing over the keys to your church; in the other, you [...]

Fell Off Church But Now Want to Become a Pastor

Monday, November 12, 2018 Hey Fletch … God has showed my calling to many and I’m starting to see it. I fell off church due to a bad relationship. I've been through so much and learned so much and don't know the next step. I want to become a pastor! Any advice helps. DRF—One of my favorite books is “Pilgrim’s Progress.” Written by John Bunyan in 1678, it has never gone out of print. It [...]

Your Lack of Planning Is Not My Emergency

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Your Lack of Planning Is Not My Emergency DRF—Before the days of office copiers and home printers, the print shop was king. To get three hundred copies of a document, they would make plates and put your document on the press. This took time. Almost every print shop that I went to had similar signs: “You want it when?” or the picture of Goofy painting the words “Plan Ahead” and not [...]

Paid Time for Classes

Saturday, November 10, 2018 Hey Fletch … If a church requires its ministry staff to attend a course, such as a discipleship class, after hours, 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, is the church required to pay them for their hours? Is it the same for all classes of employees?  DRF—The answer is “yes.” The church must pay for any work hours and this required class would be work. Ministers are exempt employees, so [...]

Smart Money for Church Salaries in 2019?

Friday, November 9, 2018 Hey Fletch … I am new to being an XP and to the XPastor.org website. I’m so glad to have found it. I am very interested in the Smart Money for Church Salaries workshops. Do you do them every year? Will there be new sites in 2019? DRF—Congratulations on your new role! XPastor is here to help. The workshops for “Smart Money for Church Salaries” have concluded. We did video record [...]

More on Churches Renting Office Space to Counselors

Thursday, November 8, 2018 Hey Fletch … Let me get back to you on my question and your answer. I was asking about our church renting space to a counselor at below-market rates. I thought you might find this interesting; it comes from the IRS website. I believe we meet the conditions of the exclusion which are stated here, but of course the other issues are still very much in play. It says: Charities and [...]

New Leaders and New Decisions

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Hey Fletch … We are bringing in a new leader to a ministry area in our church. We are hoping that this new person can bring fresh insight and make needed decisions. Our former leader had received lots of complaints for “stale thinking,” and “not being motivating.” I wonder if we are having some idealistic thinking about this new leader. DRF—Let me answer this one with a personal story. A long [...]

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