What’s the group in your church that has the real authority? Whatever you call them – Board of Deacons, Board of Elders, Pastoral Council, Leadership Team – you need to have them read this March 30th article from the Fort Worth Star Telegram –
Scary stuff! The IRS is starting to enforce rules regarding the responsibility that board members of nonprofit organizations have.
For some time, I’ve been telling people, who are on the boards/councils charged with the governance of their church, they really HAVE to be on top of what’s happening in their church. If you’re a member of the board of directors (or your church’s equivalent), you are held responsible for the actions and the “mis-actions” of your church. The rules have been in place for some time but most people aren’t aware of them and the IRS hasn’t enforced them. But they are on the books and the implications are very significant!
I rely on The Church Law Group for expert advice on such matters. Their website is –
Of note, their book entitled Nonprofit Law for Religious Organizations, by Bruce Hopkins and David Middlebrook. I have a copy of it on my credenza, within arm’s reach!
Bottom line: don’t be scared off, just be informed (know what’s going on) and involved (make sure it’s done right).
I would imagine most people reading this blog are aware of the tragedy that took place yesterday at First Baptist Church of Maryville, Illinois. However, for those who have not read or heard the news, a gunman shot and killed the church’s pastor during the Sunday worship service. This particularly caught my attention because my family is originally from Southern Illinois and I still have cousins living in the area. In fact many, many years ago my father planted churches in the area with one of his church plants being in Maryville. I am emotionally connected to the area where this took place.
When things like this happen one often wonders what can be done. Here are two things:
First, we need to pray. We need to pray for the pastor’s family and for the church congregation.
Second, if you are involved in church administration I would recommend you review your church’s security measures. If you have never implemented security plans you might consider consulting with professionals knowledgeable about such things. Here is one: www.gatekeepersalliance.com.
But most of all, I think we need to pray.
The information on this blog is of a general nature and should not be construed as professional advice. It is provided solely for the convenience of our clients and the public. The opinions of the authors are not necessarily those of the firm.
Communications sent to the firm via this blog or via the Internet may not be secure and may be intercepted by other parties. Imparting this information does not constitute a client-accountant relationship nor does the transmission or receipt of any e-mail sent through this blog constitute or create, in any way, a client-accountant relationship or a job application.
Further, unless specifically engaged to perform a service (in writing, in a formal, signed engagement letter between the client and the firm) it should not be construed that the service will be performed by the firm. The firm offers multiple levels of services to clients. Client engagements will vary with regard to depth and level of each and every service as agreed prior to performing the services. A client should always refer to the signed engagement letter to understand the specific services the firm agrees to provide and the scope of those services. Past results afford no guarantee of future results.
Certain links on this blog lead to servers maintained by individuals or organizations over which we have no control. This firm makes no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy or any other aspect of the information located on such servers.
Unless otherwise noted, all information on this blog is the property of this firm. Unauthorized use will be subject to legal action.
IRS Circular 230 Notice
To the extent this blog or files available within it concern tax matters, the information is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law or in promoting, marketing, or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed.
As a visitor to this blog, you agree to indemnify the firm, and its officers, directors, employees, agents, distributors, and affiliates from and against any and all third party claims, demands, liabilities, costs, or expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees that arise from your use or misuse of this site.
The firm appreciates its readers and thanks them for adding to the discussion. It realizes though that everyone may not agree with a particular post and welcomes free and spirited debate. The firm is not responsible for commenter opinions.
The firm encourages comments including those that challenge us or offer constructive criticism, and we reserve the right to edit or remove any post, for any reason. The firm will delete any comments with content that:
- is abusive
- is off-topic
- contains ad-hominem attacks
- promotes hate of any kind
- uses foul language (we are a G-rated blog)
- is blatantly spam
Comments, once contributed, may be used by the firm at any time in any way, with attribution to the contributor.
Nonpublic Personal Information We Collect
The firm may collect nonpublic personal information about visitors to the site that is either provided to us by you or obtained from standard website traffic statistic gathering software.
by Verne Hargrave
After viewing our website or reading one of our brochures we are often asked this question. Evidently, it is a little perplexing to some why a CPA firm would choose a frog as its mascot. So, as we inaugurate this blog the first thing I want to do is “explain the frog.”
First, the frog is not a mascot.
We don’t have a firm mascot; never have and probably never will. But, if we did, it certainly wouldn’t be a frog! Who would choose a frog as a mascot? Oh, I know Texas Christian University’s football team is called the Frogs, but they’re not frogs at all–just a fierce looking lizard.
So, let me tell you what the frog is all about.
While searching images on Yahoo one day, in an attempt to find ideas for a new firm brochure, I came upon a picture that not only caught my eye but also reminded me of something. The picture was of a little green tree frog desperately hanging from a tree branch for dear life. This picture reminded me of the plight some church business administrators find themselves in.
I will never forget the first time I sat in on one of Dr. Judy Stamey and Dr. Bill Caldwell’s NACBA certification seminars. To say I was moved as I heard one administrator after another share their struggles is an understatement. Many of them were just like the frog in the picture, hanging on for dear life.
That’s why we chose the frog. It represents the plight many administrators tell us they find themselves in. And, it reminds us of the role we serve here at PSK–helping churches and administrators move safely off the limb they are clinging to and back to safety.