Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor”2019-02-24T11:11:39-05:00

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Columns in the Last 7 Days

45 Minute Meetings

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Hey Fletch … I heard you say once that you often limit meetings with staff to 45 minutes. Can you explain that to me? DRF—Your memory is better than mine. I don’t recall saying that but it sounds like something I would say. Here’s why. The first thing that you want to do is to define the purpose of your meeting. Is it to get to know the staff member better, [...]

Can a Church Pay FICA for a Pastor?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Hey Fletch … It’s been one month after I got your answer to my question. I still don’t have my head wrapped around this issue of FICA vs. SECA and how it relates to Housing Allowance. Can a church choose to pay the 7.65% FICA to Social Security for a pastor? That is what my employer is claiming to be doing. Our church said we pay the extra 7.65% FICA for [...]

Staff Budgets Are Cut

Monday, February 18, 2019 Hey Fletch … I’m been on staff at our megachurch for many years. Every year, I have to worry about the budget for my area being cut in the middle of the year, sometimes twice a year. What gives? Isn’t there a way that a church can get around this? It is killing my ministry plans. I never know what I can spend. DRF—You have hit the nail on the head. [...]

Residency Program for XPs?

Friday, February 15, 2019 Hey Fletch … I read the Hey Fletch column of January 28 and was intrigued about the potential of a residency program. I’d love to be in one to learn how to be an XP. Any more on that? DRF—I reached out to one XP who was considering starting such a program. He said: I was attempting to get that started. Since last year we’ve changed direction to a co-op with [...]

Is Pastoral Compensation over $500,000 Excessive?

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Hey Fletch … no names or cities on this one … Few in our church know this and it might be disturbing to many if it leaked out. I just learned that our Senior Pastor makes over $500,000 a year. Is this considered excessive compensation? I mean, I make $62,500 and think I’m doing fine … DRF—Let me start by assuring you that the Hey Fletch column never prints names of [...]

Mileage Reimbursement for Missionaries

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Hey Fletch! First off, thank you so much for bringing such an informative and fun workshop to Hawaii. It was such a pleasure to see you and we look forward to next time! We have missionaries that are Deputized fund raisers and are providing them with mileage. Is that considered taxable income for them? Is that something we are allowed to do? And if so, is there a way for us [...]

Giving Envelopes and Designated Giving

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Hey Fletch…our church envelopes and website allow donors to make designations. There are words that say, “The board has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.” Can our board take a missions fund donation and put it in the building fund? DRF—There are several questions floating out there about restricted gifts to churches. I’ve consulted with my friend Dan Busby, President of the Evangelical Council for Financial [...]

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