Charitable Giving

Church-owned vehicles
Many churches are acquiring an automobile for their pastors’ church-related travel. Here’s one reason why. If a church owns or leases a car and the board adopts a resolution restricting use of the car to church-related activities, the pastor need report no income or deductions related to it. And better yet, there are no accountings, reimbursements, allowances, or record-keeping requirements, a relief for most pastors.

Constituting a Church

Dissolution of a Church

Dissolution of a Church
The purpose of this chapter is to provide incorporated local churches1 with a basic overview of steps that may be required should a church decide to dissolve, merge with another church, or sell its assets. Read more…

Inurement to Insiders
Churches and religious organizations, like all exempt organizations under IRC Section 501(c)(3), are prohibited from engaging in activities that result in inurement of the church’s or organization’s income or assets to insiders (such as persons having a personal and private interest in the activities of the organization). Read more…

How to Make Your Church Visitor Friendly

Being a Southern Baptist

Baptist Ordination
Southern Baptist churches are autonomous and establish their own policies regarding ordination. Ordination is therefore an act of the local congregation and not of the denomination. Dr. Leo Endel has written a guide that details the typical process of ordination in a Southern Baptist church. You may use this guide as a model for ordination in your church. Click below to download the guide.

Calling of an Interim Pastor – MWBC
The period in which the congregation is without its pastor is called the “interim period.”  This refers to the time between the former pastor leaves and the new one comes.  Providing someone to preach in each worship service during the interim is referred to as “filling” or “supplying the pulpit.” Read more…

Stewardship
The following are guidelines and instructions for the giving to the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention (MWBC) and the Cooperative Program: Read more…

Pastor Search Committee Workbook – MWBC
Normally, a Pastor Search Committee is selected by the congregation and reports to the congregation.  It should work on behalf of the congregation to recommend a pastor to the congregation, but it does not have the power to obligate the church nor make the choice of the new pastor. Read more…

Becoming a SBC Congregation
We’re excited that you are considering becoming co-laborers with the SBC. A good overview of what it means to be a Southern Baptist may be found at https://www.sbc.net/aboutus/. For more information, you can read the following documents.

On Being Southern Baptist

Baptist Faith & Message

Mission Project Form

Mission Dignity

Mission Dignity is looking for retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows whose income is insufficient to meet their daily needs to see if they might be eligible for assistance from our Mission:Dignity ministry.

Guidestone Financial Resources

You may be eligible for the following benefits from the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention and GuideStone: Read more…

Reports & Studies

Legal Considerations

MWBC Information

Constitution and Bylaws of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention