Church Compensation: From Strategic Plan to Compliance

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2nd Edition

No matter the size of your church, it is important to make sure you are properly compensating your church’s staff. Therefore, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of what makes an effective and government compliant compensation plan. From establishing a sound payroll and benefits system, navigating the 2021 IRS updates and HRA plans, and accounting for new special minister compensation issues, things can get complicated. That said, Elaine Sommerville’s Second Edition of Church Compensation will be your how-to-guide as you plan out every aspect of your church’s employee compensation plan. In this guide you’ll learn how to:

  • Create policies governing compensation • Determine FLSA worker classification
  • Develop a tax compliant payroll system
  • Evaluate and determine benefit plans
  • Set-up and compare Health Reimbursement

Arrangement (HRA) plans

  • Establish a ministerial housing allowance
  • Interpret and apply rules for payroll deposits, reporting, and withholding
  • Address special minister compensation issues including love gifts, sabbaticals, and expense reimbursement plans
  • Comply with government regulations 
  • Manage the tax and legal nuances related to church workers