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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Monday, January 14, 2019 Hey Fletch … We are beginning to think about interns for the summer. Can we pay an intern a monthly salary and have them work as many hours as needed? DRF—Interns are rarely exempt employees. If they were exempt by job function (doing management activity) and salary (making over $23,660 for federal salary levels and higher in many states), then your interns could work as many hours as they want to. [...]

YP—Your Problem

Sunday, January 13, 2019 YP—Your Problem Sometimes we take someone else’s problem and make it our own. In doing that, we don’t allow them the pleasure and pain of solving a problem by themselves. It can make them dependent on us to solve future problems. What many people need is support and encouragement. They don’t need you to solve their problems. There is a time to keep the issues as YP.

Restart Your Computer

Saturday, January 12, 2019 Hey Fletch … For some reason, I'm unable to access week 3 of the XPastor’s course on Church Finances. Could you help me with that? DRF—Let me post this one in Hey Fletch because the answer is important for many aspects of working with a computer. I looked at week 3 of both Operations 103 and 104 … and they worked for me. To double check, I used both Safari and [...]

Pay for a Wedding

Friday, January 11, 2019 Hey Fletch … If a pastor performs a funeral or wedding and is paid directly, the pastor gives the check to our church finance office. I then add it to their salary on their next paycheck. But they sometimes hand me the check and say, "apply it to the designated missions account.” Then I don’t add it to their paycheck.  Do I give the pastor contribution credit? The person who gave [...]

Which of the 30 Workshops Is Best for Me?

Thursday, January 10, 2019 Hey Fletch … I see that you are having over 30 workshops at the XP-Seminar. I’m already enrolled and am excited to be back. Give me some insight on which ones would be best for me. DRF—I am so glad that you didn’t ask, “which are the best workshops?” I would have had to say, “They all are fantastic!”  You asked which ones would be best for you at this specific [...]

DOT Number for a Church Bus?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Hey Fletch … We have been getting a lot of conflicting opinions about whether churches need to apply for a DOT number for the operation of church buses that require CDL drivers. My best understanding is that when you cross state lines and there is some sort of imbedded charge for transportation (part of the event cost perhaps), that we are required to have a DOT number, but then I saw [...]

Running a Church

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Hey Fletch … I’ve been reading the columns for a while. It seems like you know so much about churches. I would say that ‘Fletch knows how to run a church.’ DRF—Thanks for your generous words. I would say that there are lots of similar issues in churches and relatively few new issues in the American church in any given year. For a long time I helped lead churches and write [...]

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