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

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Columns in the Last 7 Days

More Questions on Paying Salaried People for Hours Worked

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Hey Fletch … Thank you for your earlier response to my question about how our church is paying salaried people for the number of hours worked. My church leaders are insisting we hired someone as an exempt hourly employee. We therefore do not need to pay them a fixed amount per paycheck but rather the hours they have worked. At this point I am about to drop the issue as it's [...]

Are Preschool Teachers Exempt Employees?

Monday, November 5 Hey Fletch … Our church has a preschool with part-time teachers. We have been treating them as exempt employees, as they are teachers. They don’t get paid for working after hours, home visits or for the Christmas play rehearsals. Are we legal? DRF—In a word, no. You are not “legal.” Generally preschool teachers are not seen in the same category as credentialed teachers.  The topic has been widely debated and the Department [...]

Parenting Is the Process of Letting Go

Sunday, November 4, 2018 Parenting Is the Process of Letting Go DRF—The most control that you will have over your child will be in the first year. When they learn to crawl, control begins to wane. Then they talk and walk. Soon they are off to school. Control really slows down then! In the teen years, kids are establishing themselves, sorting through who they are and will be. Before long, your child is marching down [...]

External Investigator for Sexual Misconduct

Saturday, November 3, 2018 Hey Fletch … I read the “Hey Fletch” column about a policy for handling accusations against a pastor. At the end you said, "I would add to these a policy statement on when an external investigator should be used. Several churches have attempted internal investigations of sexual misconduct, only to find that their work was flawed.” Could you expand on that? DRF—There are many allegations that a church can handle on [...]

Receipts for Purchases Are So Late, Part 2

Friday, November 2, 2018 Hey Fletch … I read the question about receipts being turned in to the church within sixty days of the expense. We also have a staff member who is turning in late receipts. Our Jr. High Pastor turned in receipts that are nine months old, just in time for the fiscal year to end. Should I really add $5,500 of youth ministry trip expenses to his income? DRF—There are many problems [...]

Attorney’s Perspective on Designated Funds

Thursday, November 1, 2018 Hey Fletch … I’ve been reading about designated funds and I’m still confused. Do you have a tax expert or attorney who can also comment on the issue? DRF—We have done several “Hey Fletch” columns on the issue in the last few months. Let me ask attorney Steven Goodspeed to comment on this. He is a shareholder at Middlebrook | Goodspeed and an expert on church law issues. Steven—It is possible [...]

Could Someone Else Lead This Ministry Better?

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Hey Fletch … I’ve been in my role at the church a long time. I suppose that I’m a little tired … never had a sabbatical or taken much of my vacation time … I wonder if someone else may have a fresh persecutive and take this ministry to the next level. Thoughts? DRF—You sound tired and war weary. Slogging through the mud everyday takes it out of a soldier. You [...]

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