Learn about NEW opportunities to earn CEUs for viewing recorded materials!
Sacred Connections: Advent Soul Tending for Spiritual Leaders
The Part-time Pastor; Full-time Church program is offering two virtual events entitled “Sacred Connections: Advent Soul Tending for Spiritual Leaders” led by one of the program’s Circuit Riders, Erin Matteson, an ordained minister and spiritual director. Matteson extends the invitation to all ministers on Friday, December 3rd and Monday, December 13th to “come enjoy a pot of creative contemplative worship to warm your spirit and nourish your soul this advent season. Scripture and sharing, silence and song, poetry and prayer, imagery and other ingredients will be blended together and served up in a savory dish to not only provide ministers sustenance but promote vitality for the advent season.”
Two different virtual sessions at two different times are offered on each of two dates to help accommodate the varied schedules of ministers. It is hoped that ministers will set aside this brief time to be ministered to and refill as they care for others. Register for the free virtual events by November 30th at Sacred Connections. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the event.
Clergy Tax Seminar
*NEW: revised schedule, new material, and 0.4 CEUs!*
January 29, 2022
11:00 am – 5:00pm
Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Students, clergy, and anyone who deals with clergy finances are invited to participate in this online Zoom seminar.
- Learn how to prepare clergy taxes correctly and legally.
- Comply with regulations while maximizing tax deductions.
- Earn 0.4 CEUs – for the first 3 sessions only.
Sponsors: The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, and Bethany Theological Seminary.
11:00am – 12:30pm EST (0.15 CEUs): Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Clergy Taxation, part 1.
Topics covered: Stimulus checks, advanced child tax credit, who is considered a minster and what work is considered ministerial.
12:45pm – 2:15pm EST (0.15 CEUs): Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Clergy Taxation, part 2.
Topics covered: Housing exclusion, parsonages and parsonage adjustments, and self-employment taxes, as well as business expenses and how they can reduce self-employment income. (Topics may appear in different sections than described.)
2:45pm – 3:45pm EST (0.1 CEU): NEW! Pastoral Compensation & Benefits.
The Chair of PC&BAC is very pleased to bring you the brand new “Pastoral Compensation Calculator” and “Integrated Annual Ministry Agreement” (which will replace both the start-up and renewal agreements)! Full of critical changes regarding how pastors and congregations negotiate around scale and ministry responsibilities, and effective at Annual Conference this summer! Get a sneak peek and volunteer to be a beta tester!
4:00pm – 5:00pm EST: Completing the Clergy Tax Return.
Rev. Zeke Zacharias, pastor at Litlold Church, has been struggling through the same congregational-COVID issues that all of you have. Let’s see how he’s handled himself in 2021. I’ll be using H&R Block’s Self-Employed version of their downloadable software.
During this 6-hour webinar, you will learn a great deal about clergy tax law, tax preparation, and clergy compensation. It will be a resource-full day, so plan to take care of yourself as you learn. Eat when you’re hungry. Get a drink when you’re thirsty. Stand up and walk around when you need to. But most importantly, ask questions! If you have a question, Deb guarantees at least 6 other people are wondering the same thing!
Registration and Cost
Registration is $40 per person (generally nonrefundable to keep fees and overhead low). Current Brethren Academy, Bethany Theological Seminary and Earlham School of Religion students may attend the seminar at no cost, although registration is still required to allow us to provide you with web access to the seminar. Instructions and handouts will be sent a few days prior to the event. Registrations are not complete until payment is received. For quality reasons, registrations may be capped at eighty-five persons.
Prompt registration is advised – registration deadline is January 19, 2022.
A Zoom link will be sent prior to the seminar.
Deb Oskin has been doing clergy tax returns since 1989, when her husband left seminary to pastor a small rural Church of the Brethren congregation. As a pastor’s wife and later as a tax professional, she learned the tax problems and pitfalls associated with the IRS’s identification of clergy as “hybrid employees.” In 2011, after twelve years with H&R Block, Deb left to start her own tax practice, specializing in clergy taxes. Clergy clients now make up 75 percent of her client base.
Deb was ordained in 2004 when she was called by the Living Peace Church of the Brethren in Columbus, Ohio, to be their peace minister to the wider community. She served as Southern Ohio District’s board chair from 2007-11 and served as Southern Ohio-Kentucky 2018 District Moderator. She is currently serving on the denomination’s Pastoral Compensation & Benefits Advisory Committee.
She has been teaching and presenting nationally on clergy taxation to clergy, treasurers and administrators, and tax pros since 2004. Other than the fact that she really likes to talk, Deb does this because of her deep belief that clergy can devote more of their energy to ministry if they aren’t stressed by tax debt.
Deb is an experienced presenter, and despite the complexity of the material, you’ll find yourself laughing. Learn and enjoy!
Peacebuilding courses from the US Institute of Peace
Online peacebuilding courses are now available from the US Institute of Peace (USIP) in a program recommended by the Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy. The entire catalog of 33 online courses will be tuition-free from now until the end of 2020. The online training includes introductory micro-courses that require at most three hours of study and full-length courses that may require 10 to 20 hours to complete. Online trainees receive a certificate of completion. Go to www.usip.org/academy/catalog-global-campus-courses .
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