Constituting a Church

Legal Consideration
10 Ways to Protect Your Church
Church Insurance
Child Abuse
Tax Guidance for Ministers
Housing Allowance
Legal Considerations of Church Plants and Churches
1099 Employee to W2 Conversion
Independent Contractor
Instruction for 1099
Short Security Assessment
Workmen’s Comp-MN
Workmen’s Comp-WI

Sample Constitution and Bylaw

Constitution and Bylaws Worksheet

Dissolution of a Church
The purpose of this chapter is to provide incorporated local churches 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…

Being a Southern Baptist

Guidestone Financial Resources
MWBC/Guidestone Benefits
Minister and Church Assistance Fund
Mission: Dignity

Other Resources
Block Party Trailer
Charitable Giving
How to Make Your Church Visitor Friendly – Slides
Visitor Friendly #1 – Slides
Listening Guide
Missouri Partnership
Constitution and Bylaws of the MWBC

Reports & Studies
Lifeway – SBC Compensation Study 2016
SBCAL Study Team Report 2018
State of the Church in the United States

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…

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 For more information, you can read the following documents.