Tag: staff salary

  • How Obama’s New Overtime Laws Affect Churches

    How Obama’s New Overtime Laws Affect Churches

    I haven’t found much written yet about how Obama’s new overtime laws affect churches. Will you be ready when they take effect December 1? Nobody wants their church to be caught off guard when a significant change like this rolls around. I started looking into it, and here’s what I found: UPDATE: As of Nov […]

  • Avoid this Pastoral Housing Allowance Penalty

    Avoid this Pastoral Housing Allowance Penalty

    The pastoral housing allowance can be a great tax deduction for pastors. But if you don’t prepare for the surprise swap up on your taxes, you may end up paying a housing allowance penalty. I have seen church planters fall prey to this and wind up with a huge tax bill come April. To be […]

  • Free Housing Allowance Calculator

    Free Housing Allowance Calculator

    Setting a Pastoral Housing Allowance continues to be one of the more confusing things to figure out for church planters. Below is a Free Housing Allowance Calculator that should help. First, some important things you need to keep in mind: The Rules You have to be an ordained, licensed or commissioned pastor You have to […]

  • Opting Out of Social Security

    Opting Out of Social Security

    The IRS allows for ministers opting out of social security if they have a conscientious objection to it on religious grounds. There are strong opinions out there about whether or not ministers should opt out or stay in. The Case for Staying In Staying in keeps you enrolled in social security benefits: retirement income health […]

  • 2 Hidden Costs of Hiring Church Plant Staff

    2 Hidden Costs of Hiring Church Plant Staff

    Most of the church planters I’ve supported didn’t come into the adventure with any direct experience with the costs of hiring church plant staff. Either they came from a ministry position that didn’t manage other employees, or they worked for a megachurch that had an HR department that took care everything. But when you’re the […]

  • How Much to Pay Church Plant Staff (1 of 2)

    Figuring out how much to pay church plant staff can be daunting, especially if you’ve never been in a lead pastor role. He are some resources to help you determine salaries and benefits. Before we jump right in to numbers, though, there are a few IRS-audit-avoidance things you should be considering in the hiring process. […]