Jan 7, 2019
Sexy Spirituality Episode #18
The Spirituality of the Law
Guest Host: Sara Awad
We share the fun of holiday baking, including putting our
teenagers to work making cookies and fudge.
The Spirituality of the Law
- When we think of spiritual centers, we generally think of what
happens on the platform on Sundays. But in the modern world
of non-profits, our ministers are also expected to be CEOs. With
little or no legal training, ministers are expected to learn on the
job -- but there is a better way.
- Centers for Spiritual Living offers a legal team to help, as
well as a series of classes to help ministers and their Boards run
smoothly BEFORE a problem happens.
- In the US, Centers for Spiritual Living are 501c3
- Can Centers fund raise or make money without generating a
really large tax bill. There are some wonderful exceptions
- Volunteer Exceptions: When all of the work is performed by
volunteers, it's tax-free, even when it's a competitive business.
Volunteers can't be paid or accept tips at all.
- Convenience Exception: When activity is conducted for the
convenience of our members, it's tax free. We can't advertise
or compete with outside businesses, but if we operate just for our
own people, it's free from business tax. (Sales tax may still
- Passive Income Exception: Anything passive, we don't pay any
tax on it. Rentals are a huge example of that. Any income
derived from rental of real property is tax-free, which is a good
tax=free source of income. This counts for parking lots, as
well. Services are taxed on a normal rate, so be aware of
that. Remember, it has to be completely passive.
- Operations can be a real challenge, especially for new
Centers. CSL is creating a Head Start program for new
Centers, making sure their governing documents are in working order
from the very beginning.
- Crises are caused by issues with Policy & Procedure
Manuals, with Centers only realizing they need a policy when
something unexpected happens. We see issues with situations
like challenges with emotional support animals, contract employees
who post on social media ideas that are inappropriate, questionable
states of dress on Sundays and more.
- Home Office is developing a template for a global Policies
& Procedures Manual, which they hope will be available by the
end of the year.
- Legal 101 for Ministers is a class that is offered, along with
Legal Academy for Boards and Ministers.
- Liability with volunteers is a huge issue, and you need to
screen volunteers the same way you screen regular
- Lezli's Center puts every volunteer that works with youth
through a full security check, using Trak-1, https://portal.trak-1.com/
- Political Involvement can be an interesting issue.
Centers can't participate in partisan political activities,
supporting or opposing a candidate or party for political
office. We CAN work on issues, with lobbying (petitions,
calls to action, education, etc.) CSL encourages Centers to get
involved with social engagement.
We are scheduling 2019 sessions of Business & Branding, a
Spiritual Entrepreneurship Program for Practitioner Success.
$379, which includes 2 coaching sessions. If you are interested in
our next class, you can find out more at www.soniabyrne.com
Center for Spiritual Living Murietta Valley's first Sunday
Celebration will be on January 13 at Redhawk Elementary in South
Temecula. The youth ministry will be available, so bring the
kiddos! Come join us! Find out more at www.thrivecsl.org or check us
out on Facebook.
The CSL Member Council is currently offering a
comprehensive legal training academy as part of it's Conscious
Centers Success Series (I teach it). In this course, you will learn
how to manage the everyday legal concerns that matter the most to
your center's daily operations. We especially love to work with new
centers and centers that are in transition! The course is provided
on a love offering basis and no center is ever turned away due to
inability to pay. Getting enrolled is easy - simply reach out to
the CSL Member Council at 720-279-8979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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