Resource Materials

Administrative / Organizational

*Church Constitution & Bylaws

Is your church constitution up-to-date and does it provide necessary legal protections? This will reduce risks and is based on biblical principles. It includes provisions for dealing with conflict, confidentiality, counseling, church discipline, indemnification, tax-exemption, etc.
Revised: 11/11/2011

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*Developing A Biblical Philosophy of Ministry

A biblical philosophy of ministry is a set of non-negotiable, biblical principles that guides all the choices and decisions in your ministry. Your philosophy of ministry should be drawn from a careful investigation of both the explicit teaching of Scripture and any implicit methodologies which can be gleaned from seeing how ministry occurred in the early Church. When you are able to define your philosophy of ministry in this crucial way, you will not only know why you do what you do, but how to actually do it.
Revised: 01/14/2010

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*How to Keep Minutes

Are minutes of meetings really that important? Learn about the purpose of minutes, the duties of the recording secretary, and the content of minutes. A detailed example of sample minutes is provided.
Revised: 05/03/2006

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*Incorporation Guidelines

Should a church incorporate? If so, what is the process? This material will provide all the essential details to step you through the process.
Revised: 06/21/2005

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Internal Audit Checklists

A comprehensive organizational and operational manual covering six key areas: Governance and Legal, Management and Leadership, Finances and Accounting, Personnel, Facilities, and Computer Information Systems. Save hundreds of hours of time, costs, and effort.

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IRS Publication 557

Tax Exempt Status for your Organization
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IRS Publication 1828

Tax Guide for Churches & Religious Organizations
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IRS Publication 3833

Guide to Disaster Relief for Charitable Organizations
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*Making Wise Decisions

Obviously, not all decisions we make are wise. Learn what the Bible teaches are necessary requirements to make decisions that are wise and bring honor to God.
Revised: 08/07/2006

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*Managing a Merger

Here is a handbook on church mergers. There is much to consider in preparing, understanding basic principles, and working through procedures. This material will guide you through the process and provide practical resources.
Revised: 08/07/2006

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*Release, Waiver of Legal Liability & Permission Form

There are many events held by churches or organizations, such as children and youth activities, for which a waiver form, also known as a Release of Liability is required. This form can be adapted for your particular needs.
Revised: 02/09/2007

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*The Challenge of Change and the Decision-Making Process

The Church is always confronted with change. Making changes that are biblical is the challenge. Following a biblical decision-making model in the Church is critical in making right choices. This material will help you accomplish that.
Revised: 06/10/2015

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Bible Study Tools

*An Inductive Bible Study Guide

There is a great need for helping believers learn how to study the Bible. This material is comprehensive yet simple to follow and divided into three phases, (1) Investigation: What does the passage say and not say? (2) Interpretation: What does the passage mean? (3) Implementation: How should the truths and principles of the passage be applied? It also includes a list of suggested Bible study tools.
Revised: 01/02/2012

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*Basic Bible Questions and Passages

Here is a tool to help newer or older believers read and understand the Bible on a regular or daily basis. Some Scripture is provided which is grouped in paragraphs for easy reading. Five basic questions are asked to clarify what is read. The material is structured to provide encouragement and accountability between two or more people.
Revised: 07/12/2015

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*Bible Reading Bookmark

Here is a very practical bookmark. On one side are seven basic questions to ask as you read the Bible. On the other side are thoughtful questions to consider based on 2 Timothy 3:16. Click Here to view this bookmark. They are priced at $1.00 each plus the cost of mailing.
Revised: 05/24/2013

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Church 101

*Biblical Prescriptions for Healing an Ailing Church

Many churches are in poor spiritual health. The symptoms may manifest themselves differently but the prescription is the same. This material provides biblical essentials for a healthy church.
Revised: 06/04/2008

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*Ekklesia or Church, Does it Matter?

This is a study of the etymology and history of the words ekklesia and “church.” You may be surprised and troubled by how these words are used, or misused, in most of today’s translations of the Bible. Does it matter which words are used? Keep in mind that how we think “church” is how we do “church.”
Revised: 09/26/2012

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*Options for Struggling Churches

Whether a church is going through leadership change or struggling in some manner, determining its options is challenging. This material suggests ideas and options to help a church determine its direction and future.
Revised: 03/15/2010

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*Questions Concerning the Church Today

Most of us would agree that there appears to be some dissatisfaction, discontent and even discouragement with the Church today. There are many unsettling concerns that fill us with questions that beg answers. This material will stimulate and encourage you to reconsider/re-evaluate your thinking about the Church.
Revised: 06/04/2008

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Conciliation

*Making Peace with God, Yourself, and Others

This material is designed to equip Christians to resolve conflict in a biblically practical step-by-step manner. Those in conflict work through the workbook together. It uses a "guided discussion" approach - asking questions based on specific scripture passages to implement peacemaking with individuals or groups.
Revised: 06/14/2013

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Family

*Suggested Dating Questions

This material was developed as a result of my personal experience after three years of my wife’s home going and exploring new relationships for a future wife. It covers core questions for personal reflection and questions to consider in a dating relationship in the spiritual, church, personal, family, husband-wife relationships, social, dress, food, domestic, health, emotional, hobbies/leisure, financial, political, children, and sexual areas.
Revised: 10/06/2011

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*The Biblical Role and Responsibilities of a Husband and Wife

What does the Bible teach concerning the role and responsibilities of a husband and wife? Here is clear and concise study that will be helpful for those either contemplating marriage or clarifying a marriage relationship.
Revised: 10/15/2011

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Financial

A Budget Process in Support of Ministry

This article discusses the biblical foundation for a sound budget, a process for formulating a budget, critical factors in giving, and pitfalls to avoid.

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*A Nonprofit Fiduciaries Responsibility to Retain its Tax Exempt Status

The IRS has set in place several regulations for religious nonprofit organizations to maintain their tax-exempt status. The issues addressed in this document pertain to a 501(c) (3) organizations and their responsibility to demonstrate the control of donated funds.
Revised: 11/15/2008

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*Benevolence Fund Policy & Application

This is a sample policy that includes guidelines for providing financial assistance, a form for evaluating benevolence applicants, and a benevolence application.
Revised: 11/02/2006

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Church & Nonprofit Organization Tax & Financial Guide

Covers financial accountability issues, tax-exemption, starting a church or nonprofit organization, maintaining tax-exempt status, reporting as an employer, information reporting requirements, charitable gifts, insurance, employment and other issues.

For further information click on: Zondervan Publishing House

Income Tax Guide

For ministers and religious workers, this resource guide with a "how to" approach is highly recommended. Ministries and ministers should get this every year to keep current with IRS requirements and procedures.

For further information click on: Worth Tax & Financial Services

IRS Publication 526

Charitable Contributions
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IRS Publication 1542

Per Diem Rates
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IRS Publication 1771

Charitable Contributions - Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements
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*Preparing for an Economic Storm without being Fearful

There is much concern about our national and global economy. The Bible tells us how to respond both spiritually and practically. This material provides a spiritual perspective with practical suggestions.
Revised: 03/10/2009

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*The Pastor’s Salary

In most churches, more money is spent on a pastor’s salary than on any other item. That makes clergy compensation the congregation’s number one financial challenge. Here are some practical guidelines for designing a clergy compensation package.
Revised: 11/15/2008

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*Suggestions for Handling Church Funds

Some systems of handling money place individuals in a position in which their honesty can be questioned or in which they may be tempted to sin. This material provides some prudent and consistent practices in handling money to maintain a trustful climate.
Revised: 11/15/2008

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Leadership

A Pastor’s Authority

By Ray C. Stedman from the Ray Stedman Library. This article addresses a different model of church leadership from what is normally practiced today, which is generally a hierarchical authoritarian position.

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*Four Key Characteristics of Godly Leadership

Godly leaders are spiritual servants shepherding a flock as good stewards. This material explains how leaders are to be spiritual, servants, shepherds, and stewards. This is a helpful resource in the training of Godly leaders.
Revised: 08/07/2006

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*Give Us Men!

Godly, faithful men are key to leading the church for the glory of God. This material will help in discipling and evaluating biblical leaders. The subjects covered are the qualifications, choice, and appointment of leaders; training, testing, practice, problems, perils, price, and power of leadership. It includes a comprehensive leadership evaluation inventory.
Revised: 08/07/2006

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*Leadership Authority in the Church

By Paul Benware, Professor of Biblical Studies Division, Philadelphia Biblical University. Paul answers questions such as, "Is it true that obedience to leadership is always required and not to submit is to be in rebellion? When does authority become authoritarianism? What happens when authority is abused?
Revised: 08/07/2006

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*Rethinking Authority in the Church

What is the proper biblical view regarding authority in the church? This material gives scriptural clarification of how leaders are to exercise persuasion as opposed to "lording" it over others. It also explains how to "obey" leaders without mindlessly obeying them.
Revised: 02/10/2012

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*The Advisory Committee

This is a suggested option for church leadership development and decision-making in the church. The original intent for establishing an Advisory Committee was to provide a mechanism for new churches that did not have Elder/Deacon Boards or churches that did not have sufficient qualified men to serve as leaders. This model allows for the development of elders/deacons and at the same time train men for leadership. However, the principles of this model can be adapted to existing Elder/Deacon Boards.
Revised: 05/26/2011

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The Meaning of “The Husband of One Wife” in 1 Timothy 3:2

This paper explores the eight main interpretations of the phrase “husband of one wife” found in 1 Timothy 3:2 as it pertains to elders and deacons. These views are surveyed in order from least to most persuasive. The strengths and weaknesses of each approach are examined. A conclusion is then reached regarding which interpretation is best supported by the biblical data.
Revised: 10/02/2012

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Music

God's Song

What kind of music is acceptable unto the Lord? There are nine chapters that deal with music and worship, what music was designed to accomplish, how music affects us, separating the sensual from the spiritual, and the divine principle of precision.
Revised: 08/06/2006

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*Rethinking Music in the Church

Because of the significance of music to the modern Church and because it is, in fact, a controversial and even divisive subject, we need to focus some attention on some key questions concerning music. Where did it come from? What was/is its purpose and function? In its basic characteristics, is it moral, immoral, or amoral? Is there a difference between godly music and worldly music? Can all styles of music be used by the believer for worship or edification? Is there room for a difference of opinion when it comes to different styles and personal preferences? How do we handle that difference of opinion? This material seeks to answer these questions.
Revised: 06/20/2013

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Outreach / Discipleship

*A Look At The Book

A three lesson evangelistic Bible study on the Proofs, Purpose, and Person of the Bible. This easy to teach material uses the discipleship model. It is ideal for presenting the Gospel while meeting with unbelievers in their homes!
Revised: 07/28/2010

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*Discipling for Spiritual Growth

Are you concerned about the spiritual health of your church? Are you looking for something that’s not just another program? It’s understood that the spiritual health of the Church is directly related to the spiritual health of believers. This material is a series of studies to help believers grow in their faith by following a discipleship model and, in the process, help the church to grow. CLICK HERE to learn more about this material.
Revised: 07/12/2015

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*Foundations for Christian Living

Here is a practical discipleship course for new believers and those who never got systematic help at the beginning of their Christian lives. This 8 week course deals
with clarifying a person’s right relationship with God, selecting an appropriate Bible, the believer’s security, the believer’s focus, the believer’s enemies, the believer’s resources, and the believer’s commission. It provides practical truths and uses a relational approach to help believers grow in the Lord.
Revised: 07/12/2015

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*God’s Message of Hope – Leader’s Guide

This is a leader’s guide to assist in the use of the God’s Message of Hope. To view the presentation visit: www.GodsMessageOfHope.com.
Revised: 08/14/2013

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*Mentoring Relationships

What is mentoring/discipleship suppose to look like biblically? This material describes the contrast between the Greek and Hebrew models of teaching. It also provides key aspects of mentoring and a mentor’s ministry description.
Revised: 03/28/2014

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*The Gospel Conversation Starters Packet

How often have you been in a situation where you thought about how to transition a conversation to share the gospel? This material presents suggestions for transitioning conversations for sharing the gospel in a non-treating manner. This is a zip file that contains four files: (1) The Gospel Conversation Starters Expanded Edition, (2) The Gospel Conversation Starter Pocket Edition, (3) The Good News Survey, and (4) The Good News Survey Contacts Form.
Revised: 12/24/2014

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The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus

This material explains the Bible chronologically from Creation to Christ, beginning with simple truths and moving to the more complex. It lays the foundation of the Gospel with major Old Testament stories, builds upon essential biblical truths in a logical manner, and culminates at the Cross and the Resurrection. Consider using the DVD series. You can freely download the book, workbook, teacher's guide, Sunday School lessons, etc. in PDF format. Free audio files are also available.

For further information click on: Goodseed International

*The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus Toolbox

Here is a packet of items to help you prepare and use The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus DVD. It includes: (1) Read Me First – Notes, (2) Suggested Invitation which you can personalize, (3) Suggested Schedule, (4) The Stranger Workbook, and (5) The Last Session Materials.
Revised: 11/24/2009

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*Tract: My Story by Steve Spacek

This is a four page pamphlet that gives the personal testimony of Steve Spacek and includes the Gospel message. It presents the before, how, and after aspects of the transformation that took place in Steve’s life. CLICK HERE to read this online. This MS Word document is available for you to personalize with your story along with instructions for preparing and printing.
Revised: 07/16/2012

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*Tract: God’s Requirement for Heaven

Print your own tract – as many as you need when you need them! This booklet presents a thorough, biblical presentation of the gospel. It answers the question, “What do you believe God requires of a person to enter heaven?” and addresses 11 key truths a person must believe to have eternal life and a right relationship with God. Instructions and suggestions for using the tract are included. This is a MS Word document which you can personalize with your contact information. It also includes instructions for printing, assembling, and using the tract.
Revised: 11/12/2013

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*Tract: The Ultimate Question

This tract is used with the Gospel Conversation Starters. The front cover asks the question “Have you Considered the Ultimate Question?” The other side asks “After this Life, Where Will You Spend Eternity?” The inside is an abbreviated edition of the God’s Requirement for Heaven tract. It is small and easy to carry (4 ¼ x 5 ½) which is folded in half. It is also a MS Word document so you can personalize it with your contact information. You can print as many as you need. It also includes instructions for printing and assembling the tract.
Revised: 11/12/2013

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*Tract: The Good News

Here is a tract with material that teaches how to transition any conversation to share the gospel with those that show interest in a non-offensive way. This tract is used in such a way that the person is actually explaining the gospel to you.
Revised: 04/15/2015

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*Tract: “You are Invited” Business Card

This is a “business card” size tract (Avery Template #5371 and compatible products) that invites others to view and discover the main message of the Bible. Three websites are listed on the Business Card Tract:
(1)
www.GodsRequirementForHeaven.com,
(2)
www.GodsMessageOfHope.com, and
(3)
www.CrucialQuestions.com.
Print your own whenever you need them!
Revised: 01/30/2013

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*Business Card Label

This is a MS Word file to make labels for the back of the Business Card Tract. You can personalize the labels with your name, phone number, and email address.
Revised: 01/30/2013

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Video: A Question of Origins

Did the universe and our solar system evolve out of the Big Bang? Can chemical compounds spontaneously evolve in life? Does evolutionism truly explain the great variety of life on Earth? This visually rich production reveals strong evidence that the universe and all life were created by a supernatural being, and that the God of the Bible is that Creator. (Viewing time approximately 60 minutes.)

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Video: God’s Message of Hope

This video is about the message of the Bible. Rather than focusing on one part, and missing the whole, this presents the major events of the Bible in chronological order. You will get an overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. This will answer many questions: How did I get here? What is the meaning of life? How can I realize that meaning of life? Is there hope now and after death? What lies beyond the grave? How can I prepare to die? (Viewing time is 30 minutes.)

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Video: The Hope

Is there a source of hope and help for us? Has God revealed a message to the human race? The HOPE is a dramatic motion picture presentation of God’s redemptive story as revealed in 36 Biblical events from Creation through the Second Coming of Christ. You get an overview of the whole Bible and how it all fits together. It includes some of the most beautiful cinematic presentations of the Bible ever filmed. (Viewing time approximately 80 minutes.)

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Pastoral Search (Pulpit) Committee

*Searching for a Flock

This is a handbook for pastors seeking a church. Learn how to save time in qualifying and finding a responsive church. Includes material on prospecting, investigating, the interview, sample forms, letters, etc.
Revised: 07/16/2009

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*Searching for a Shepherd

This how-to manual provides guidelines for pastoral search (pulpit) committees. Learn how to save hours in screening and selecting a qualified pastor for your church. It contains comprehensive material, procedures, forms, sample letters, etc.
Revised: 06/10/2015

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Spiritual Growth

*Christian Character Qualities

Character quality definitions to help you learn biblical, godly, Christ-like qualities.
Revised: 10/01/2007

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Theology

Selective Salvation

This is an easy to understand study of election and predestination that is intriguing, insightful, and refreshing. Let this comprehensive study help you unravel this complex and confusing subject.
Revised: 02/03/2005

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The Five Points of Calvinism "Weighed and Found Wanting"

Each of the five points of Calvinism are carefully compared with the clear teaching of God's Word, providing both serious scriptural challenge, as well as corrections to the extremes of Calvinism.
Revised: 03/30/2007

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*Materials written by Steve D. Spacek

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