State News

Carmel Teens for Life Club Receives Wide Support

“As we celebrate the anniversary of the Bill of Rights, the Carmel Teens for Life Club learned that free speech cannot be taken for granted,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, which represents the high school students who lead the club. On Monday, December 5, 2016, Liberty Counsel sent an initial demand […] »

Ten Tax Developments that Affect Churches and Clergy

Several important tax developments in 2016 will affect 2017 tax reporting by ministers, church staff, and churches. Richard Hammar lists the top ten developments in the January/February issue of Church Law & Tax Report, including: • Affordable Care Act reporting requirements • Changes in Form W-2 and Form W-3 • IRS extends audit protections to […] »

Keys to Renewing Evangelistic Growth in the Local Church

“What can we do to help the churches in our state become more evangelistic?” “We need more good evangelism programs. Why aren’t you providing them?” “Why are we reaching fewer unchurched people than we used to?” Those three questions were asked of me in the span of a just a few days. Each of them […] »

Religious Freedom Bill Heads to President’s Desk

Religious Freedom Bill Heads to President’s Desk

The U.S. House of Representatives passed and sent to the President’s desk the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 1150). The bipartisan bill, authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and co-sponsored by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), will give the Administration and the State Department new tools, resources and training to help counter extremism […] »