Can You Lose Your Church Tax Exempt Status?

Can You Loose your Church Tax Exempt Status?

If you are a church or ministry, having a tax exempt status is extremely important. But can you lose it? What if you are doing something currently that is jeopardizing your church tax exempt status? How about earning interest on your church income? Is this illegal? The Christian Law Association shares a story as well as some insight on this topic to help provide clarification for churches and ministries on what you are allowed to do with your income as a church. The Christian Law Association has been providing free legal assistance to Bible-believing churches and Christians who are experiencing difficulty in practicing their religious faith because of governmental regulation, intrusion, or prohibition in one form or another.

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NEW! Living Waters Website Template!

Check out our brand new church website template, “Living Waters”, which features a stunning and simplistic design that is packed full of awesome website features! The Living Waters theme is our latest church website template that empowers churches to design their own website in an hour or less! Select our new Living Waters website template and simply replace the demo content with your own, keep the same color scheme, imagery and design and you’ll have a website that is guaranteed to wow your congregation and your visitors in no time!

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How Should We Teach About Suffering?

Teaching About Suffering

The suffering of life doesn’t seem to pair with the goodness of God. I like to quote Anton Chekhov, the famous Russian short story writer, and a Christian. He says that there should be someone with a hammer at the head of every happy man, “reminding him with a knock that there are unhappy people, that however happy he may be, life will sooner or later show its claws”. That someone is often God, especially if we have eyes to see the brokenness in people’s lives. There is nothing easy about pain and there’s nothing easy about its instruction, both before it begins and in the mix of its weight in our lives. How should we teach about suffering? C.S. Lewis is a good person to turn to, to both feel the hammer at your head and also find some instruction on how to unravel the difficulty of pain. His book The Problem of Pain (1940) and A Grief Observed (1961) are helpful guides to working through suffering theologically and emotionally. Here are several points worth considering, especially in the role of pastor. (more…)

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Worship Leadership: The Importance of Empathy, Vision and Creativity for an Artistic Leader

Artistic Worship Leadership

What is an artist? Is being artsy actually a good thing for worship leadership? Many parents might panic at hearing their son tell them of his dreams of being a dancer, or their daughter a master painter. How will you pay off that student loan? Get a real job. The liberal arts and the fine arts seem second class in a society built on industry and execution. The problem is that we need artists! And, we need the church to allow their worship leaders to be artists. Like any trade, the arts are part of how we build a great society with products and tools people use. One might build a house. Another person might design how that house feels, as well as functions. Lighting from windows, heights of ceilings, or placement of doors are some of the items that bring a home together. The artist describes how it should feel and look. The engineer makes sure it can withstand the wind and rain. The business manager gets it built on time and within budget. Basically, artists design–everything from what we sit on to the fonts we read on our computers. They create. In the case of worship leadership, a service is designed, and music, readings, and visuals are created. There is a side of it, like the businessman or engineer, that makes it happen 52 weeks a year. There is also another side that employs empathy, vision, and creativity in the design of a worship service. Do we give enough appreciation to the artistic side of worship leadership?

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The Best Church Website Design Tips

Best Church Website Design Tips

The Best Church Website Design Tips

A lot of flack has been given for poor church website design in the past, but that trend has progressively seen some change over the past few years. As time goes on, certain church website design choices and features have proven to make a huge positive difference in terms of public opinion and attendance from church website visitors. To help you make your church website the best it can be, check out these church website design tips that include quick, simple demonstrations on the easiest way to create a church website that leaves a lasting impression.

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What Is God’s View Of Authority?

God's View Of Authority

The serpent in Genesis brought with him a bag of tricks. The story describes him as crafty. Though the devil is not mentioned, he most certainly used the serpent to introduce the same lie that banished him from heaven. Imagine if this new creature, made in the image of God, believed the lie! They would also fall like lightning, be cast down, and left to rot. The lie was simple: disobey God and you will be like him; you will be able to judge what is right and wrong. Once the couple took from the tree, they were indeed cast out, forced to work in a fallen world that became violent in the trespasses of their sin. But the story carried redemption that the devil never saw before. We know its fulfillment in Jesus. We preach it every Sunday. We also know that the reality of God working in the world, from the care shown the first couple down to our own lives, hasn’t stopped the devil from sharing and spinning the same lie: “You will be like God.”

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The Ultimate List of Color Palette Generators for Your Website

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Color palette generators are becoming increasingly popular with the rapid development of technology. The creation and maintenance of websites are simplifying at a drastic rate. It wasn’t too long ago where we needed to hire “Website Designers” in order to maintain our website. Not to put down “Website Designers,” they are highly skilled and really good at what they do. The problem was the cost. It wasn’t cheap to hire someone to come in and make changes to your website, some would charge in the thousands to make simple changes. Today, there are more tools available to customize your own website without spending thousands of dollars to hire someone else to do it. (more…)

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Valentine’s Day Backgrounds

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Sharefaith is the go-to place for all Valentine’s Day Backgrounds for churches all over! These Valentine’s Day Videos are perfect for use for your upcoming Valentine’s Day worship service at your church. With over 78,000 sermon and worship media, Sharefaith has all of your media-related needs, from sermon PowerPoints, church bulletin covers, church newsletters, worship video loops, worship backgrounds, church service video loops, church flyers and more! (more…)

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