4 Surprising Costs That Happen Before Your Baby Is Born

Looking at the Money You Spend During Pregnancy

This is a guest post by Phil Bartuska. Phil is a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina and is in the process of obtaining a M.Div in International Church Planting. He and his wife, Becca, have been married for three years. You can follow him on Twitter at @phil_bartuska.

Soon, my wife and I will have the privilege of welcoming into the world our first child after nine months of pregnancy. Not many lengths of time are defined with such a strong identity as the nine months leading to the birth of your baby.

During this time, there is much excitement, learning, and preparing for what is to come in this new stage of life. However, there is one thing in particular that you may not have considered about the nine months of pregnancy – your financial cost.

11 Bible Verses for the Anxious Leader

Consider These Verses When Facing Difficult and Challenging Times


You’re going to announce an organization-shaking decision that won’t be popular with everyone.

You’re about to have that conversation you’ve been avoiding for months.

You aren’t sure if you are going to have a job this time next week.

From performance to personnel issues, the reasons for a leader’s anxiety are innumerable. Like many leaders today, you may find yourself feeling immersed in anxiety. And you desperately desire to come up for air.

You want to breathe again.

7 Things that Churches Should Know About the New Overtime Regulations

What the New Overtime Regulations Mean for You and Your Organization

This is a guest post by Ryan Hutchinson. Ryan serves as Executive Vice President for Operations at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Follow Ryan on Twitter at @rrhutch.

Some big news just came out of the United States Department of Labor about overtime pay.

Overtime pay is where certain employees must be paid 1.5 times their normal rate for any hours worked beyond 40 hours in a work week. Yesterday the Department of Labor released an update to the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on who is and is not eligible to receive overtime pay.