Congress Should Repeal Church Parking Tax Now

November 29, 2018 ...

If not repealed, this provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will impose new burdens and costs on charities that are already coping with reduced tax incentives for charitable giving. The provision also threatens an entanglement of government and the Internal Revenue Service in the internal operations of churches and other religious …

Seeking Repeal of the New Parking Tax on Church and Nonprofits

November 13, 2018 ...

NAE President Leith Anderson joined a coalition letter to members of Congress calling for the repeal of this new tax on churches and nonprofits. Leaders of over 30 organizations signed the letter. The letter says in part: Whatever purpose Section 512(a)(7) was intended to serve cannot justify extracting $1.7 billion in taxes from nonprofits and …

Everything You Need to Know About Pastoring Small Churches

September 15, 2018 ...

In this podcast, Karl and Leith discuss: How small churches should think about growth and success; The particular challenges, including finances, that pastors of small churches face; What resources are available to pastors of small churches; and Why we need more — not fewer — small churches in the United States. Read a Portion of …

The Opportunity Smartphones Present the Church

June 25, 2018 ...

For Christians and church leaders my response to Twenge is simple: It doesn’t really matter. Seemingly for all of modern history, people worry about the latest trends. But these are just distractions from our mission. The same things parents say about children playing too many video games today were said in 1987. This is what …

How to Make Disciples in the 21st Century

June 15, 2018 ...

In this podcast, you’ll hear two seasoned ministry leaders discuss: How to start a discipleship relationship and keep it going; What the barriers and opportunities are for discipleship today; How smartphones and social media have changed the way we disciple; and How to promote discipleship in churches. Read a Portion of the Transcript Leith: I …

America’s 15%

October 23, 2017 ...

Rural is only 15 percent of America if you measure by population in rural counties — 46.2 million out of 308 million population. But, 46 million is 8 million more than the population of California and nearly twice the population of Texas and 26 million more population than either New York or Florida. In other …

The Rural Mindset

October 17, 2017 ...

Still, for most purposes, the intuitive concept of rural is sufficient, and the statistical nuances of a definition can be left to the statisticians. At the simplest level, two characteristics seem to be of primary relevance. First, a rural place is small, often with a population that can be counted in hundreds rather than thousands. …

On Pastoring the Rural

October 9, 2017 ...

Tell us the story of Cornerstone Church. Cornerstone was founded in 1942. In 2000, the leadership decided to make Cornerstone a regional church. This involved re-defining who we were, establishing biblical and ministry foundations, and multiplying ministry through other sites and support for other churches. We moved to a new site with a new building …