All Region Ministry Conference (formally ABC-NW Biennial Celebration)
The Biennial dates are May 30-31, 2014 at the Florence-Carlton Community Church in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley just south of Missoula. Conference hotels will be in Missoula, MT. Some guest homes and trailers will also be available through members of FCCC.
Plenary speakers are Dr. Tim Brown, the Executive Minister for Growing Healthy Churches (ABC West) and Reid Trulson, Executive Director for International Ministries-ABC.
Dr. Charles Revis, Executive Minister
Choosing the right glue to hold disparate pieces together can be challenging. Try gluing plastic to metal. It’s an impossible task. A few years ago my fly rod was coming apart. A friend, who knew exactly what he was doing, mixed up epoxy, reattached the reel seat and voila, my old broken rod became new again. That repair job is still holding today! If he had used the wrong glue, say “white glue”, I know my rod would be useless and in pieces.
If you wander around Home Depot in search of glue you will come across a myriad of choices. There is wood glue, plastic glue, rubber glue, paper glue and various epoxies. Finding the right glue to hold something together is critical.
It’s true for churches, too.
Rev. Dennis Bickers, Area Minister for ABC-Indiana/Kentucky
This is the time of year many churches are setting their budgets for the upcoming year. Many of these churches make some common mistakes that affect their ministries. My experience has been that these mistakes occur in all size churches but are most prevalent in smaller and mid-size churches. It may be too late to redo your 2014 budget, but it is not too early for church leadership to begin to discuss how to improve the process for next year and avoid these mistakes.
MMBB Financial Services today released the 2014 edition of The MMBB Guide for Church and Church-Related Employers (Employer Guide). The Employer Guide provides a comprehensive resource for faith-based organizations with current information on clergy compensation and benefits, pastoral budgeting, cost of living adjustments, and clergy taxes.
The Employer Guide offers many interactive planning tools for use throughout the year. These include a checklist for year-end activities, a how-to on completing tax forms, and a budget worksheet.
"MMBB's Employer Guide is updated annually to assist administrators of faith-based organizations with developing compensation packages and budgets for staff and to assist with addressing compensation-related federal tax reporting requirements," said Louis P. Barbarin, executive director, MMBB Financial Services. This year there are more resources for employers and members to use in each section of this Guide."
The Employer Guide can be downloaded for no cost at www.mmbb.org. Click "Download Documents and Resources." For questions about The 2014 MMBB Guide for Church and Church-Related Employers, please call 1.800.986.6222.