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Starting vs. Managing a Ministry

21 Apr 2013 12:00 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
Starting vs. Managing a Ministry
by Evangelist Cheryl Lacey Donovan

Contrary to popular belief there is a huge difference between starting and managing a ministry. For the most part the difficulty of starting a ministry pales in comparison to that of managing it. Achieving a balance Starting vs Managing a Ministry | Cheryl Lacey Donovanbetween your outreach, evangelism, and management can be mystifying. Far too often we hear of ministries closing due to a lack of understanding as to what should and shouldn't be included in its organizing documents, i.e., bylaws and articles of incorporation. Furthermore many ministries are oblivious to reporting requirements at local, state, and federal levels.


I have listed below some things to consider that will help your ministry get a handle on some of the more important aspects of ministry management. Consider each one carefully and research those that require additional information.


I have listed below some things to consider that will help your ministry get a handle on some of the more important aspects of ministry management. Consider each one carefully and research those that require additional information.

  1. Annual Reports: In general states require organizations, ministries and churches that have been incorporated to file an annual report. These reports are to be sent to the secretary of state. Failure to file will result in an administrative dissolution.

  2. Annual Tax Reporting: Churches and ministries are very likely required to file some sort of tax related information. The most common being W-2 and 1099-Misc. FormsWhen a church or ministry fails to file these returns, they face severe penalties under sections 6721 and 4958.

  3. Obtain liability insurance: More and more we are seeing churches and ministries. Involved in lawsuits. Some have even had to close their doors because of lawsuits. IN the end everyone suffers. When you have a good insurance policy, you have the resources of your insurance company at your disposal. If your church ever faces a lawsuit, the insurance company will bring its attorneys in for your defense because they are just as liable as you are.

  4. Make sure that the checking account is tied to the church Tax ID and not someone's social security number: Having the account attached to someones social is a big mistake. It leaves the church's checking account open to IRS and personal lawsuit judgments. 

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Evangelist Cheryl Lacey Donovan
Author, Educator, Inspirational Speaker

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