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2022 Housing Allowance Reminder

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, Now that we are in December allow me remind you, if you have not done so already, to have your Board of Directors approve your 2022 parsonage and housing allowances. This is done by designating a portion of each ministers compensation as housing allowance. Remember it must be approved in… Read More »

National Church Administration Day

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, October 21st is National Church Administration Day. This is the day to recognize those who assist in supporting your ministry. I encourage you to thank them for their efforts and faithfulness. It is also a timely reminder for the leadership to undergo a review of the ministry systems and operations.

What Assistance Does a Nonprofit Attorney Offer?

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends: Rev. John Joseph, Esq. CCA represents nonprofit entities who are in need of legal assistance. Most of our clients need help in these common areas which we have assisted over the past 12 months: Unincorporated Association convert to a Nonprofit Corporation Prepare and file Articles of Incorporation for a new church. Incorporate… Read More »

Watch Your Church Mailbox

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, According to WKMG ClickOrlando, four Orlando individuals were recently arrested for stealing donations from over 600 churches. The money stolen totaled over $740,000. They stole from over 636 churches across the country, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE said they are still looking for one Orlando man and one Orlando… Read More »

Possible Liability for Church Leaders Refusing Vaccination to Continue Ministering

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, Although I totally respect an individual’s choice not to be Covid-19 vaccinated there may be a liability issue for your ministry by allowing them to continue serving. Although this is simply my opinion, and I am not aware of any court case yet here is the possible scenario: A pastor… Read More »

HR-5 Equality Act’s Impact on Churches

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, I recently spoke with Adam Mayefsky, Ambassador Regional Director, with the American Defending Freedom organization or (ADF). A very productive conversation wherein we discussed the many impacts this legislation may have on our churches. Although, as of this writing, it has only passed the House of Representatives. But if it… Read More »

Florida Annual Report Reminder

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, Please file your 2021 Annual Report with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations.  This is very important because it verifies the leadership authority of your corporate entity. Failure to do so may result in “Administrative Dissolution” of your nonprofit. In fact, annual reports are due by the third Friday… Read More »

SBA PPP Second Draw Application

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) now allows certain eligible borrowers that previously received a PPP loan to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan with the same general loan terms as their First Draw PPP Loan. Second Draw PPP Loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits…. Read More »

Contribution Statement Reminder

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Dear Clients and Friends, Pastors, treasurers and bookkeepers are busy this month preparing their contribution statements for 2020. You want to include checks, cash, money orders and credit card payments. Also, do not forget those donations made online! I suggest including the name and address of the church and add the following phrase: “No… Read More »

CDC Issues New Guidance on How the Coronovirus Spreads

By Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq. CCA |

Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on how the Coronovirus spreads which may have implications for your ministry. Now the CDC is alerting us to airborne transmission of Covid-19. Please read below if your ministry meets in enclosed areas where people take off their masks to sing or… Read More »

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