As churches begin to reopen, steps to consider before you gather

While the vast majority of churches quickly closed their doors through March, April and early May, the startup for churches may be a bit slower. State-mandated guidelines and local orders will determine many churches’ start dates. Some churches have already begun meeting; others have shared plans, while more have announced they are studying the issue. […]

GuideStone covering in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 treatment through May

Participants in GuideStone’s U.S.-based Highmark BCBS health plans will be able to receive physician-ordered, in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 treatment at no cost for claims incurred through May 31, 2020. This coverage is also available to health plan participants in HSA-qualified High Deductible Health Plans and Secure Health™ 3000. GuideStone’s health plans were among […]

Church retirement plans aided by 2015 legislation

Legislation signed into law in December will have a positive impact for those who participate in and those who operate church retirement plans. Provisions of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, commonly referred to as the PATH Act, will allow church retirement plans to include automatic enrollment features in their retirement programs […]

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals rules against GuideStone in HHS mandate litigation

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled on July 14 that GuideStone Financial Resources and the ministries it serves in its health plans must comply with the government’s HHS mandate, which forces religious ministries to violate their faith or pay crippling IRS penalties. Churches and their integrated auxiliaries are exempt from the mandate as religious […]

July 1 healthcare deadline looms for some churches

Churches and ministries that reimburse their employees for individual health coverage may soon find themselves facing stiff penalties of up to $36,500 per employee, per year, under the federal healthcare law commonly known as Obamacare, as a grace period expires June 30. The penalties on employers who maintain employer payment plans were to begin in […]

‘Mission:Dignity’ buoys retired pastors, widows

EDITOR’S NOTE: June 28 is Mission:Dignity Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention. Virginia Pangle summed up what Mission:Dignity means to a pastor’s widow like herself. “I don’t have to worry about being cold, hungry or going without my medicine,” she said. Mission:Dignity, a ministry of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, ensures that […]

GuideStone offers help to church members

Southern Baptist and evangelical church members can now invest with GuideStone Funds. Since its 2001 inception, GuideStone Funds has limited participation to pastors, missionaries and employees of Southern Baptist and evangelical churches and ministries, as well as their immediate family members. The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2013 amendment of GuideStone’s ministry statement to allow the entity […]