Entries by Jeff Ingram

Sales Tax Exemptions for Churches

Are churches exempt from sales tax when purchasing items? In most cases, probably not. Perhaps the following questions/answers taken from The Louisiana Department of Revenue website will prove helpful: “Are sales to churches and nonprofit organizations subject to sales tax? Yes, sales to churches and nonprofit organizations are subject to sales tax unless they are […]

Building a Disciple-Making Ministry

A book summary of “Building a Disciple-Making Ministry, The Timeless Principles of Arthur Flake for Sunday School and Small Groups” Compiled by Ken Braddy and Allan Taylor, LifeWay Press 2020 Churches, Sunday Schools and Small Groups are cautiously and slowly making a comeback after a difficult year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This short book revisits a […]

Religious Freedom Webcast Recap

This past week on January 11, 2021, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, GuideStone Financial Services and Louisiana Baptists hosted a webcast on Religious Freedom During COVID-19 and Beyond. The Brotherhood Mutual webcast panel included: Michael Allison, Vice President and Chief Counsel’ Steve Case, Assistant Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel; and Kyle Johnson, Senior Corporate Attorney. […]

Deep Discipleship

A book summary of: “Deep Discipleship: How the Church Can Make Whole Disciples of Jesus” Discipleship is an area I have emphasized throughout my ministry and when I saw this book in a fall 2020 issue of Christianity Today, I ordered a copy and read it over the holidays.  Some of the main points in […]

January Bible Study videos now online

January Bible Study 2021 Preview Videos are now available online! “Living with Assurance: John’s Epistles” is the theme for January Bible Study 2021. The focus of this study is on how a person’s understanding of Jesus impacts their daily lives in practical ways. The apostle John wrote to combat false teachers who sought to mislead […]

Critical Coverage Gaps

Does your Church’s Insurance Policy Contain Critical Coverage Gaps? An updated booklet by Brotherhood Mutual encourages churches and ministries to regularly review their insurance coverage in a rapidly changing world. Consider: Religious Freedom Protection: claims related to your church’s belief-based decisions and activities. Examples include refusing to marry a same-sex couple or limiting the use […]

Rethinking Care Teams

Many Sunday Schools have organized the class to better meet the needs of the group. The goal of care teams usually centers on making sure specific needs of group members don’t go unmet, or they function as a tool for keeping up with all the people in the group. There is nothing wrong with these […]