August 2017 Newsletter
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From the President
Complying with the body of regulations governing the activities of faith-based ministries is all about modeling integrity. Demonstrating integrity is important because it establishes and reinforces necessary trust with members, donors, and those outside the ministry who we are called to reach with the Gospel. Enhanced trust ultimately translates to a greater witness and Kingdom impact.
But in today's complex and ever-changing legal environment, it is virtually impossible for a ministry to ensure full compliance with all laws at all times. And there are many consequences for failing to comply. The most important of which is an ability to carry out the Great Commission.
Here at CMA we are dedicated to assisting churches and faith-based ministries to both understand and comply with the regulations so that you can stay on point and accomplish your mission and goals. If we can be of service to you in anything related to the "business" of ministry we are only a phone call or email away.

Yours in His Service,

Steve Boersma
Many Churches 
May Not Be in Tune
According to a new study by Gallup, the single most important thing congregants are looking for at church today is not the worship and not the pastor. It's not the smoke and lights and it's not the hip and relevant youth programs. It's not even the organic, fair trade coffee at the cafe. The hottest thing at church today is the preaching. Not just any preaching, but preaching grounded in the Scriptures. As Christianity Today says,... (read more)
Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Just the other day the Senate was finally able to garner enough votes to begin formal discussions to the floor on whether to repeal and/or repeal and replace what has become known as Obama Care (the House previously passed their ACA repeal bill, the American Health Care Act). 
While no one in Congress, on either side of the aisle, privately denies the fact that the program is going broke and is unsustainable in its present form, (read more)
Supreme Court Allows State Funding in Church Playground Case
The United States Supreme Court ruled in late June that states cannot exclude religious organizations when distributing grant funding for state programs where the money is for a nonreligious purpose.

In a 7-2 ruling, the court sided with Trinity Lutheran Church in the case challenging Missouri's decision to bar it from receiving funds in a state program that reimburses nonprofits for resurfacing their playgrounds with recycled rubber tires. The center includes a playground that is equipped with slides, swings, jungle gyms..., with most of the surface beneath and surrounding the play equipment consisting of coarse "pea gravel." (read more)
Employment Law
Holidays...Paying a Premium is a Choice for
Employers, Not a Requirement
Whenever one of the major holidays rolls around questions always seem to arise about paying employees for working on the holiday. Although state and federal laws recognize certain days as "holidays," there is no law that requires private sector employers to provide a premium rate of pay for work on those days. These holidays are days that government offices are closed and do not provide services as they normally would. Some private sector employers do choose to offer premium pay... ( read more)