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“Money in the Church”


From UCC Ministries

UCC Church Building and Loan Fund
http://www.ucc.org/cblf/
The UCC Church Building and Loan Fund focuses on helping new (less than thirty years old) and renewing congregations.  Its services include loan programs, capital campaign services, building planning and building technical assistance.    The resources on its web site are available to all, regardless of the age of the church.

Cornerstone Fund
http://cornerstonefund.org/
The Cornerstone Fund operates much like a bank – allowing individuals, churches and organizations affiliated with the UCC to invest in flexible demand or term notes at favorable rates.  It makes loans to UCC  churches thirty or more years old who want to expand and address the range of building maintenance needs – from straight-forward repairs to large-scale additions or renovations.

Insurance Board (IB)
http://www.insuranceboard.org/
The Insurance Board is a nonprofit corporation that administers a property and liability insurance program serving churches and related entities within the UCC, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Presbyterian Church (USA).  The Board writes property and liability insurance in all 50 states.  The Insurance Board also provides valuable information on developing a Safe Church policy.

Pension Boards (PB)
http://pbucc.org/
The Pension Boards administer benefit programs for the active and retired clergy and lay employees of the UCC.  This site describes their services and also provides tax information relevant to churches, clergy and lay employees.

United Church Funds (UCF)
http://ucfunds.org/
United Church Funds offers a family of nine professionally managed and socially responsible investment funds to over 1,000 churches, conferences, associations and other ministries of the UCC.  The site also provides regular updates on the performance of these funds.

Narrative Budget Samples
http://cornerstonefund.org/learn/church-finance
These samples from churches and conferences around the UCC are in PDF format,

Stewardship Resources
http://www.ucc.org/stewardship/
The UCC national setting provides a wide array of resources to support stewardship in the local church.  Resources include best practices, sample materials from successful stewardship campaigns and a Bible Study focusing on abundance and generosity.

Managing Church Risk
http://insuranceboard.org/safety_solutions/
The Insurance Board provides a rich resource of documents and links on a wide range of church management and risk control topics.

Making Our Churches Safe
http://www.ucc.org/ministers/safe/
On this site are a downloadable copy of the Safebook, sample disclosure forms, and a Sample Policy to help churches develop a safe church policy appropriate to their own needs.

Local Church Planning Giving Manual
http://www.ucc.org/giving/local-church-planned-giving.html
This manual is designed to aid pastors and lay leaders in developing a congregational Planned Giving ministry.  It includes sections devoted to establishing and promoting a Planned Giving program, congregational endowments, wills emphasis, how life-income gifts work, and more.

Connecticut Conference
http://ctucc.org/resources.php
Within the Connecticut Conference’s Resource page, the categories of Stewardship and Administration are especially relevant to the topics discussed at the March 8, 2014 “Money In The Church” workshop.

Massachusetts Conference
http://macucc.org/resourcelinks
Within the Massachusetts Conference Resource page, the Financial, Staff and Building Management section is especially relevant to the topics discussed at the March 8, 2014 workshop.


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From Other Sources – Parish Support

http://www.parishresourcecenter.com/
The mission of the Parish Resource Center is to strengthen congregations of all religious faiths by helping them train, coach and equip their members – lay and clergy – for service and leadership.  They provide seminars and workshops (both in person and as webinars), individual consultations and a wide variety of resources in many media.  Support for money matters is only one of their competencies.

 

From Other Sources – Personal Finance

360 Financial Literacy
http://www.360financialliteracy.org/
The American Institute of CPAs has created this web site to help Americans understand their personal finances through every stage of life.

Feed The Pig
http://www.feedthepig.org/
This site was created by the American Institute of CPAs, in conjunction with The Advertising Council, to encourage and help Americans ages 25 to 34 to take control of their personal finances.

Morningstar
http://www.morningstar.com/
Morningstar focuses on investments, but also  includes tools like the 30-minute money solutions worksheets which help you tackle things like setting up a budget and setting your in-retirement portfolio-withdrawal rate.

Market Watch
http://www.marketwatch.com/
As its name implies, this Wall Street Journal site “watches the market”.  It also includes sections on personal finance and retirement.

Nolo – Free Legal Guidance
http://www.nolo.com/
Nolo describes its vision as “publishing reliable, plain English legal information that anyone can use”. Its online information is free.

 

From Other Sources – Tax Information for Churches

Internal Revenue Service
http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Churches-&-Religious-Organizations
This IRS site has links and downloadable publications relevant to churches and religious organizations.



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