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View Staff Handbook - Personnel Policies FAQ

Staff Handbook

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Personnel Policies for {Church Name}

Purpose: To provide a consolidated and easy to understand set of frequently asked questions
and approved personnel policies for the {Church Name} staff.  Revisions will be issued as
needed.  This FAQ satisfies the IRS requirements for approved written plans in several key
areas.

Applicability:  This FAQ and its associated policies are applicable to all full-time
employees (greater than 30 hours per week or as specified in an employee’s contract).
Revision and Effective Date:  Original version effective {Insert Date}.

General Principles: In formally documenting these FAQs and associated personnel
policies, the Leadership Team values the following general principles:

• Honoring God:  God builds His church and it’s up to us to cooperate.  Being good stewards
of His resources to reach lost people is one way we show honor to God.  Giving God our
best through excellence is closely linked.  These FAQs and personnel policies are intended
to provide clearly defined expectations for all staff as they pursue God in what He is up to.

• Honoring One Another:  A team functions best when it is working to commonly understood
expectations and values.  These FAQs are intended to provide consistency between staff in
the application of our personnel expectations.

• Honoring Individuals:  Ministry is a demanding lifestyle and a worthy sacrifice.  Most of
our staff could make significantly more in the secular workplace.  We value this sacrifice.
We desire to create a work environment where staff are blessed to be part of a great work of
God; not because of their salaries and benefits, but because of the joy they experience in
being part of God’s work at {Church Name}.  At the same time, we desire for salaries and
benefits to be fair and to honor our staff families and their needs.

• Honoring the Federal Law (the IRS):  We enjoy an unhindered tax exempt non-profit
status by continuing to meet all applicable IRS administrative requirements.  Our personnel
policies must meet these requirements.

• Empowered Staff (Long Tethers):  Flexibility without legalism within the bounds of clearly
defined expectations is essential to releasing the power of passion, innovation, and
ownership.  The expectations defined within these FAQs are intended to provide a common
framework within which our entire staff excels within their assigned areas.
These FAQs and personnel policies were duly adopted by the Leadership Team (“The Board”) of
{Church Name} on September 8, 2001, a quorum being present.

Table of Contents:

The following questions, policies and forms are included in this FAQ:
The Basics:...................................................................................................3
Tax Benefits:.................................................................................................3
Ordination:.................................................................................................. 4
Housing Allowance:........................................................................................5
Social Security:............................................................................................ 7
Insurance/Medical Allowance:........................................................................ 8
Salary Package:...........................................................................................11
Reimbursable Expenses:...............................................................................12
Travel Expenses:..........................................................................................12
Business Expenses:......................................................................................16
Professional Development:.............................................................................17
Work Hours:................................................................................................17
Vacation/Sick Time:......................................................................................18
Other Expectations:......................................................................................20
Policies and Forms:.......................................................................................23
  Housing, Medical, and Transportation Allowance Designation For Ministers…24
  Mid-Year Amendment of Housing Allowance Designation For Ministers…......27
  Mid-Year Amendment of Medical Allowance Designation For Ministers…......28
  Written Medical Plan (Policy)  for Ministers…...........................................29
  Travel Reimbursement Plan (Policy).......................................................31
  Travel/Vacation Request Form…............................................................33
  Travel Reimbursement Form…..............................................................34
  Transportation Reimbursement Plan…...................................................35
  Transportation Record Book/Log…........................................................37
  Written Accountable Reimbursement Plan…...........................................38
  Expense Reimbursement Form…..........................................................40


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