Church & Employee Benefit Services


The Church and Employee Benefit Services Office serves churches and church staff primarily by educating and assisting churches to better understand the unique financial challenges of churches and ministers. The office provides educational opportunities and assistance in the areas of retirement planning, medical insurance, compensation survey, tax-related issues, and internal financial controls.

Basic Tax Seminars

The Basic Tax Seminar presents instruction on income tax laws that impact churches, ministers and lay employees. Check-in begins at 8:30am.

Cost: $59*
Registration is required.

Hugo, Oak Grove Baptist Church

September 23
9:00am – 4:30pm

Owasso, First Baptist Church

September 28
9:00am – 4:30pm

Oklahoma City, Baptist Building

October 1
9:00am – 4:30pm

Lawton, First West Baptist

October 5
9:00am – 4:30pm

Internal Controls & Legal Issues Seminars

The Internal Controls and Legal Issues Seminar is designed for those who have responsibility for church financial records, policies, and procedures.

Cost: $59*
Registration is required.

Oklahoma City, Baptist Building

September 20
9:00am – 4:30pm

Owasso, First Baptist Church

September 21
9:00am – 4:30pm

*Scholarships in the amount of $20/person are available to churches with an annual budget of $75,000 or less. The scholarships are limited to 2 per church.

Each registration includes materials and refreshments.
Registration does not include meals.

Tax seminars are offered each year in August-September.

Video recordings of the 2020 seminars are listed below and broken up into four parts.

Week 1

Week 2

Tax Seminars

Each year, the BGCO presents seminars on tax issues, internal controls, and legal issues for churches. The seminars are designed specifically for churches and they are conducted in Oklahoma City, Tulsa area, Lawton, and southeast Oklahoma each year. Materials used at the seminar are available throughout the year from the Church & Employee Benefit Services Office.

Basic Tax Seminar

The Basic Tax Seminar presents instruction on tax laws that impact churches, ministers, and lay employees. Items covered include payroll tax reports, housing allowance, professional expenses, charitable contributions, and more.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Internal Controls & Legal Issues Seminar

The Internal Controls & Legal Issues Seminar presents instruction on the proper procedures for handling receipts, expenditures, and recordkeeping.  The seminar also covers basic legal issues for churches.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Retirement Planning

Church Retirement Plan for Southern Baptist Churches

Retirement plans are available through GuideStone to all paid employees of Southern Baptist churches and institutions. The plan offers many investment funds to meet the participants, financial needs, and investment risk tolerance.

There are several financial benefits to participating in the Church Retirement Plan with GuideStone. Please contact us to learn more about what benefits you may be eligible to receive.

Many GuideStone retirement planning conferences are held throughout the year. Contact the Information Services office at 405.942.3800 or to see if one is being held in your area.

Retirement Planning for Individuals

Retirement Planning Conferences are held at local churches and associations throughout the year. Hear more about the Church Retirement Plan provided by GuideStone by clicking the link below.

Insurance Services

Selecting insurance plans is a difficult task. To assist you in the process, try GuideStone’s Get a Quote! tool. And don’t hesitate to email GuideStone or call 1-888-98-GUIDE (1-888-984-8433).



Check out our list of helpful forms and resources for topics such as bookkeeping, taxes, workers’ compensation, new hires, and more.

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