Category Archives: Resources

Church Tax Credit Information and Resources

Resources Available To Help Employers Claim Tax Credit for Tax Year 2013

For the fourth and final year since the Small Employer Healthcare Tax Credit was offered in its current form to small tax-exempt employers —  including churches with fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees —  the Board of Pensions is once again providing resources on to help PC(USA) churches and other employing organizations claim this credit.

The tax credit is refundable. Even if you have no taxable income, you may be eligible to receive the credit as a refund as long as it does not exceed your income tax withholding and Medicare tax liability. Some churches have reported saving thousands of dollars in taxes, which means more money for mission, maintenance, and other needs.

Have questions? Read more on, call the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) to speak with a member service representative, or contact your Regional Representative. Remember, we’re here to help.

The Board of Pensions does not provide individual tax advice to individuals or employers. The information in this section is provided as part of the Board’s educational efforts. For updated forms, guidance, and instructions, individuals and employers should go to the IRS website at or consult with their individual tax or financial advisers.

Indiana’s New Smoke-Free Air Law

As of July 1, 2012, churches are required to post the “no smoking” signs required by Indiana’s smoking ban law, HEA 1149.

From the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission website:

Indiana’s New Smoke-Free Air Law – The Alcohol and Tobacco Commission has prepared [these] Frequently Asked Questions documents to assist the general public and business owners in better understanding Indiana’s recently passed smoking ban law, HEA 1149. The law takes effect July 1, 2012.  If your question about the smoking ban is not answered in our Frequently Asked Questions documents, please send it via the ATC Contact Page

What are the signage requirements for Indiana’s New Smoke-Free Air Law? Click here

Smoking Ban FAQ – General Information

Smoking Ban FAQ – Businesses

By clicking the links below, you can print statutory compliant smoking signs that can be posted at your place of business.

Additional free signs are available from the Indiana State Department of Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission at

Time to Order Mission Yearbooks

The POV office will be taking orders for Mission Yearbooks through October 15th. If you would like to submit an order for your congregation, send an email to by the end of that day with the number of books to order and the name of the church. This year, if you order through POV, the cost is $11.50 per book.

The books will be available for pickup at the December Assembly meeting, or they can be picked up from the POV office in Bloomington. If necessary, shipping can be arranged, but the shipping charge will be added to your final cost.

Union Presbyterian Seminary Congregation Awards

Is your congregation or a congregation in your presbytery doing innovative ministry? 

Each year UPSem awards congregations for innovative ministry.  Since 1991, 94 churches in 28 states have received these awards. Each of the eight awards carries a $1,000 prize to support the congregation in its ministry.

For more information and to apply for one of the UPSem Congregation Awards, you may download the brochure and application or request an application by sending an e-mail to April Swofford at or call 1-800-229-2990, ext 231.

The application and instructions are only available electronically. The deadline for the 2012 Awards is FEBRUARY 15, 2012.

2012 Clergy Renewal Program

Lilly Endowment
2012 Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations

Information Meeting

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm

North United Methodist Church
3808 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana

In 2012, Lilly Endowment’s Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations will again provide as many as 40 grants of up to $50,000 to congregations in Indiana for the support of renewal programs for their pastors.

Pastors, spouses and lay leaders from congregations located in the state of Indiana that are interested in applying for a grant next year are invited to attend an information meeting regarding this opportunity.

Register no later than Thursday, September 22, at or by calling (317) 916-7350.

Include:       (1)  the name of your congregation as well as its street
address, city, ZIP code and telephone number; and

(2) the names of those who will attend (we can accommodate up to three persons per congregation).

Detailed information about the Indiana Clergy Renewal Program, including the application material, is available on the Lilly Endowment website:  We recommend that you download and read the 2012 application material and bring a copy with you to the meeting.

PC(USA) Offers New Resources for Making Disciples

A new monthly communication from Evangelism & Church Growth ministries will connect you to the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ. Ministry Apps: Resources to Satisfy the Hunger for a Better Church will inspire disciple-making and equip leaders for ministry in the 21st century. In the first issue, in January of 2011, leaders will engage in Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” To satisfy your hunger for a better church, sign up today to receive your Ministry Apps.

Workshops – Children’s Ministry & Servant Leadership

Children and Your Congregation’s Ministry
Carolyn C. Brown
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 in Indianapolis
Thursday, November 4, 2010 in Gary

Workshop presenter Carolyn Brown shares practical plans and ideas for raising faithful children. She leads participants in conversation about the spiritual growth of children and establishing parameters for children’s ministry. Brown encourages participants to think about how their children are involved in all parts of their congregation’s life and ministry. For details and on-line registration, click here.


Servant Leadership for Change
Ritch Hochstetler and Erin Kempf
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 in Goshen

Workshop participants will learn the language and philosophy of servant leadership and discuss the values of servant leadership and what they mean in congregational life. Servant leadership habits start with personal practices, move to smaller groups and can ultimately transform communities. Ritch Hochstetler and Erin Kempf of uLEAD facilitate this event. Click here for more information and for on-line registration.


Indianapolis Luncheon Series
Wednesdays, November 17 and December 8, 2010 and January 26, 2011

Congregations are invited to explore a variety of topical issues at this Indianapolis Luncheon Series. On Wednesday, November 17, attorney Scott Himsel explores Proactive Policies and Procedures. Ann Updegraff Spleth, of The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, talks about Generations and Generosity on Wednesday, December 8, 2010. On January 26, 2011, June Miller of the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network shares marketing ideas, strategies and tools at the luncheon workshop Marketing 101. Click here for additional details and on-line registration.