The Vision for Outpost 169 with Pastor Wayne Blackburn [S01E21]

Visioneering In his book Visioneering, Andy Stanley said “Everybody ends up somewhere in life. A few people end up somewhere on purpose. Those are the ones with vision.” On today’s podcast, we are privileged to talk with one of those Visioneers whose vision has helped to see Outpost 169 of Victory Church grow into one […]

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PowWow Playbook [S01E20]

PowWow Playbook We wanted to give other Outposts a chance to go backstage and see what OP169 does to prepare for PowWow.  Feel free to use any or all of the playbook in your own planning.  OP169 pulls out the playbook three months prior to PowWow at one of their monthly commanders/leadership meetings.  That gives […]

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Game Changers – Dads!!!

Well, we want to apologize for being off radar for the past couple of weeks, but as you’ll hear today, our father, after a brief battle with some recent health challenges, passed away. And though we grieve his loss, we also are rejoicing in the memories of a man who was The Game Changer in […]

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Avoiding big mistakes with your taxes [S01E18]

I think all of us would groan at the thought of keeping up with one more thing.  Isn’t that the story inside the whirlwind of life.  However, keeping track of the little things you do for and with the Royal Rangers or any ministry can save you big bucks.  If all of the little things (drinks and snacks for the Wednesday night meeting, driving Rangers to and from, driving to Ranger events, training,  or Pow Wow) added up to $5,000 and you were paying 20% in taxes then you just lost $1,000 dollars.  If you think that seems unlikely, $20 a week is $1,040.  Now add training, travel and a missions trip and you’re there.   In order to properly account for all of your deductions you must keep good records.  Here are two helpful hints.  One, use your phone. Today’s phones have an assortment of helpful tools.  Take pictures of receipts, donated items, tickets, etc…  Two, “Expensify”.  Expensify is an app that helps you keep track of expenses.  It has a very seamless integration with your phone which can calculate mileage, itemize receipts, and produce printable reports.

Our guest for this show is a licensed expert in the vocation of tax preparation, but everyone’s situation is different.  Please, seek the advice of a tax pro to get each deduction handled properly.  If you are interested in contacting our guest you can find his firm’s information at www.rscpa.net.

Mileage.  All mileage associated with Rangers or any church function where you are donating your time is deductible.  For a Ranger commander that can include: mileage to church on meeting night and mileage to events and training.  Note -you cannot deduct both mileage and fuel.  It is one or the other and mileage is the way to go. Donations.  Cash and items donated to the church and Outpost are deductible. Cash is the obvious one and the church will most likely give you a receipt or a report at the end of the year.  Items are deductible and the amount of the deduction is the current allowable value.  The IRS does have a table for item values but you can justify the value if you can show other items that have been sold for a similar value.  For example, if you donated a treadmill and you found three closed auctions on Ebay with a sold price of $150 then that could be used to justify the value.  Here is the caveat.  If you donate a car and the Kelly Blue Book value is $5,000 but the church sells it for $3,000 then your deduction is only $3,000.  If the church gives it to a pastor to drive then it would be valued at $5,000. Travel.  Most travel expenses are allowed.  One exception would be if a commander’s wife traveled with him to a training event her travel expenses would not be deductible. Training.  All of your training expenses are deductible.  Even though you are a lay leader and  not employed by the Outpost you can still deduct the expenses associated with all of your training.  You might even be thinking that your Outpost doesn’t require training.  It doesn’t matter.  Your dedication to excel at your position is of great value and you can keep track of those associated expenses and apply them to your return.

This is not an us versus them.  In other words, it’s not us versus Uncle Sam.  The tax codes are complicated and have many lawful deductions that you should use to your advantage.  God has called you into this ministry.the boots on  You are the  ground that can see how every dollar is used within the ministry.  Being a good steward of that means understanding where you can recover dollars that Uncle Sam doesn’t need.

 

 

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Has your fundraising been derailed? Get back on the tracks. [S01E17]

When God births a vision within your heart He obligates Himself to meet the resources to see that vision come to fruition.  It will take time and perseverance but stay on track and let the Holy Spirit be your Conductor.

In this episode Commander Wayne, Commander Bradley, and I board a train in Lakeland Florida and head down to the Ft. Lauderdale area to pick up our long awaited Ranger Bus.

This adventure is a celebration of five years of planning and hard work.  Listen as we share this adventure live with the podcast audience and share some insights to how we journeyed from vision to bus title.

At OP169 we have tremendous support from Church leadership and the other ministries that call Victory Church home.  However, with more that 50 ministries we found ourselves waiting in line for resources and one major resource was the buses.  Victory has two buses, a school bus and a 15 passenger bus.  With the school bus we were required to hire a licensed driver which added cost and logistics to each adventure.  The 15 passenger bus is always in hot demand and usually could not be used overnight.

In Andy Stanley’s book he describes vision and the tension in a man or women’s heart for what is and what could be.  Commander Wayne began to see what could be and knew that God had a plan to get there.  After five years of fundraising and donations we now have our first bus.

Over the five years Commander Wayne has done a vigilant job celebrating every accomplishment, no matter how small, and articulating the vision often.  Excitement breads excitement.  Once God gives you a vision tell everyone you can.  You never know where the next great fundraising idea will come from or who will simply catch the vision and decide to give.  God deserves that praise and He wants to give you lots of opportunities to do so.

Sometimes fundraising can be trial and error, but just don’t get derailed.  Learn from each on and then get back on track.  In future episodes we will unpack some of the best fundraisers that I know will help your Outpost get it’s first bus.

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