Out of Compliance, but Didn’t Know It
Deacon Smith boastfully told me as he checked in for the CMTC Conference in Mississippi, that he knew their Church was obeying all IRS regulations and that he couldn’t understand why the Pastor insisted he attend. Early into the first session that morning, I could see a look of despair upon his face. During the morning break he came to me asking if he could retain our services, because within 30 minutes of that first session he came to the realization that his Church was in deep trouble.
Most Churches think they are obeying all IRS regulations or mistakenly think that IRS regulations do not apply to a Church because of “Separation of Church and State.” Most Churches do obey some of those requirements, but below I have focused on one simple regulation which 88% of all Churches knowingly or unknowingly violate.