I had some free time on my calendar and decided to attend a Church with which I had early ministry connections. The Pastor had received several invitations to attend a Church Management Conference in his area, but felt IRS compliance issues were really not a factor for small Churches.
After a few moments of reminiscing of days gone by, he turned the topic to our business of Church Management. He stated that he had received our brochures and invitations, but since he was a small Church he assumed (wrongly of course) that the IRS didn’t waste their time or resources auditing small Churches. When I informed Pastor Renault that his thoughts were far from the truth and in reality, the IRS really had closed more small churches and sent more Pastors of small congregations to prison than those of larger or mega churches.
Pastor then brought the conversation to a close with these words, “Well, we still don’t have to worry—I know we are doing nothing illegal.”