Sweat the Small Stuff: Key Considerations for Churches

Blog
December 11, 2019

Most people have heard the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” While this is a sound philosophy in many circumstances, it is not always the case—especially when it comes to seemingly small details that could have a large impact on your church or organization.  In this sense, small stuff can be viewed as tasks that don’t take much time or resources, but pay high dividends. Here are a few beneficial ideas that churches should consider:

  1. Incorporate millennials into leadership
  2. Create a rebuttable presumption of reasonableness, in case the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) conducts a payroll audit
  3. Develop a gift acceptance policy, especially in regard to gifts of cryptocurrencies and real estate
  4. Implement an incident response plan to protect people and ministries from threats, which should be tested and communicated to key personnel
  5. Become less reliant on third-party vendors, in order to decrease the risk of your church’s confidential data being compromised
  6. Identify reputation risks
  7. Craft an environmental risk plan to account for events happening outside of the church that could have a negative impact

In an ever-changing and robust world, these small actions could make a major difference for your organization. For more information on this or other matters facing your church, contact Rob Eby or one of our nonprofit specialists at 301.231.6200.