Category: Administration

What’s Next?

What’s Next? These Three Remain…Faith, Hope, and Love Thinking theologically about the way forward By Bruce A. Barkhauer A global pandemic. Civil unrest. A society divided. A church struggling to find its place. These seismic shifts make us feel like we are on shaky ground. Our familiar church lives have been disrupted. Many of us […]

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Posted on June 23, 2020
Filed under: Administration, Leading
Stewardship in a Time of Crisis: Best Practices for the Invitation to the Offering in a Streaming Environment

Stewardship in a Time of Crisis: Best Practices for the Invitation to Offering in a Streaming Environment Do This: You have a story to tell – tell it with passion and conviction.  The church is still doing ministry and living out it’s God given vision.  Talk about the ways that is happening and why it […]

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Posted on March 30, 2020
Filed under: Administration, Leading, Tool Box
The Importance of a Gifts Policy

The Importance of a Gifts Policy Churches and charities have one major thing in common: they are dependent on the generosity of others (expressed through gifts to the organization) to have the financial resources they need to perform their mission. For this reason, congregations need a policy about gifts that specifies how gifts may be […]

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Posted on July 21, 2018
Filed under: Administration, Administrative Resources, Tool Box
Sample Gifts Policy

Gifts Policy and the Gifts Commission (A Proposed Model) Purpose: This Gifts Policy is established to protect and serve the long-term interests of the congregation, so that it may faithfully and properly manage and steward the assets and resources donated to further its mission.  These may be testamentary gifts; money designated for certain special projects or […]

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Posted on May 21, 2018
Filed under: Administration, Tool Box
Charity and the New Tax Law

Charity and New Tax Law A Commentary by Bruce A. Barkhauer Minister for Faith and Giving for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)   Is the tax deduction for charitable giving going to go away? To be honest we don’t know yet, and the idea of it going completely away seems unlikely based on what […]

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Posted on December 14, 2017
Filed under: Administration, Leading, Tool Box
Proper Receipting for Non-cash Gifts

The Challenge: Ministries are often faced with receipting questions when gifts do not come directly from a donor in the traditional cash/check form.  Gifts from donor-funded endowments, donor-advised funds, IRA gifts, and non-cash gifts are just a few of challenges faced by those charged with acknowledging contributions.  Listed below are some of the more common […]

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Posted on May 26, 2017
Filed under: Admin, Administration, Administrative Resources, Leading