Common tax mistakes made by ministers and how to avoid them

Each year, Lindsey Allen grabs a pen and highlighter to comb through the “Ministers’ Tax Guide” provided through GuideStone Financial Resources. It’s been her practice for decades. It helps her “feel ready to tackle the time-consuming job of doing our taxes. The guide also gives me a heads-up for our future retirement planning, such as […]

Churches: How to file for ERC tax refund

The Employee Retention Credit is a tax refund that is available to churches who kept employees on the payroll during the pandemic of 2020-2021. Initially, eligible employers had to choose between the Paycheck Protection Program or the Employee Retention Credit. Then in 2021, Congress allowed eligible employers to apply for both. So the two programs […]

Finn to be re-nominated for SBC recording secretary

North Greenville University provost and current SBC Recording Secretary Nathan Finn will be re-nominated for the position by Florida pastor Dean Inserra at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in New Orleans, La., on June 13-14. “Nathan Finn is not only committed to being a Southern Baptist, he is also excited to be one,” Inserra […]

Southern Baptists caring for war-torn Ukrainians

In 2021 and early 2022, International Mission Board missionaries serving in Ukraine heard rumors of war, which led to an overland evacuation. Looking today in the rearview mirror, they realize they couldn’t have guessed the trauma about to mushroom from the east.   Less than one month after the missionaries’ exodus, war made a forceful […]

Saddleback Church deemed ‘not in friendly cooperation’ with SBC

The SBC Executive Committee affirmed a recommendation from the SBC Credentials Committee Feb. 21 to deem Saddleback Church as “not in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention.” The move comes less than a year after founding pastor Rick Warren left the helm of the church and was replaced by Andy Wood and his wife, […]

Racial reconciliation an everyday calling, not just for one Sunday a year

“We read in Colossians that the Lord is reconciling all things to Himself, so I think having a Sunday where we focus on racial reconciliation and the efforts to pursue real racial unity speaks to the continuing commitment of the Southern Baptist Convention to get this right,” said Brent Leatherwood, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission […]

Send Relief offers ways to help Turkey, Syria earthquake victims

More than 2O,OOO are dead following two major earthquakes that rocked southern Turkey and Syria on Feb. 6. Thousands are injured and millions of people have been affected by the disaster. In Turkey alone, more than 64,000 have been injured as a result of the quakes and aftershocks, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. […]

ARITF recommends Guidepost Solutions to build ‘Ministry Check’ database

The Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARITF) announced it has made a recommendation to the SBC Credentials Committee to utilize Guidepost Solutions in establishing and maintaining a “Ministry Check” website database for those credibly accused of sexual abuse. Contract negotiations are underway, according to ARITF chairman Marshall Blalock. He gave the task force’s update to […]

Revival fires stir again at Asbury

Revival fires are stirring again at a small college in rural Kentucky near Lexington. Services, filled with preaching, singing and personal testimonies, have been ongoing at Asbury University and Theological Seminary since Feb. 8. According to university accounts, a similar 144-hour revival broke out at the campus in 1970. Alexandra Presta, a student at Asbury, wrote […]