Compliance is defined as, to comply to, obey, or conform to something such as a rule, law, regulation, or wish. As it relates to the church, the church must come into compliance with state and federal laws. It’s a misunderstanding to say that the church is exempt from complying with state and federal laws, or as the Bible would say, “Every ordinance of man…” The church is exempt from paying federal taxes, but not from following the law.
The word of God instructs us in 1 Peter 2:13-14 (KJV) “13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”
In this course, we cover topics such as: how to prepare legal documents; church accounting (offering, donations, and gifts); pastor’s housing allowance; pastor’s salary; inventory; IRS forms such as the 990, 941, 1099, W-2, W-3, etc.; business activities of the church; incorporation; 501c3; discussion of IRS manual for churches; by-laws; and much more.
The purpose of church compliance is to help pastors and their staff bring God’s church in compliance with the laws of the land so that we can escape the traps that have caused churches to close, and pastors to be jailed or to be seriously fined. Take this step to bring your church and ministry into compliance.
Instructor: Dr. Gregory Braggs Sr.