Max H. Herr, MA

Founder and principal of CMCC, Max is uniquely qualified to work with Christian churches and ministries, helping them navigate the complex world of nonprofit compliance and governance. He has been a Christian for over 40 years, served more than ten years as church treasurer, has been continuously licensed in Property and Casualty and Life and Health insurance for nearly 25 years, and is a licensed Life & Disability Insurance Analyst. He served the 2,400 churches of the California Southern Baptist Convention as Ministry Specialist for HR & Church Compliance for over six years.

Max holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from California Baptist University, as well as a Master's degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton.

Experience matters . . . with more than 25 years of professional practice in insurance, compliance, financial services, and church governance, we can get – and keep – your church or ministry on track

How can we help you?

Our areas of expertise include:

Incorporation & Income Tax Exemptions, IRC §501(c)(3) filings, obtaining federal & state taxpayer ID numbers

Statement of Information filings, Agent for Service of Process representation

Internal governance through Bylaws and Policies & Procedures, reviews and recommendations for revision

Pastor and Staff Compensation & Benefits, Minister's Housing Allowance & Accountable Reimbursement plans

Child Safety initiatives & AB 506 compliance, best practices recommendations, skillful screening implementation

Consulting on property leasing . . . implications arising from cell phone antennas and nonprofit & for-profit nants

Understanding property & liability risks and mitigation, evaluating and recommending proper insurance coverages

Church financial practices: budgeting, accounting & financial reports, money-handling procedures, treasurer & finance team/committee training, independent financial oversight review & recommendations for improvement

Board of Directors consultations & training

Understanding federal & state tax forms (W2/W3/W4, 941/944, DE-9/9c/88), filing requirements & deadlines, USCIS Form I-9 and document verification

Conflict mediation & resolution

Generosity messaging, capital giving campaign strategies

Personal finance education and training

And much more . . .

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Seven Ways to Goof Up Your Church's Compliance

Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

Matthew 22:21 (KJV)

Every church has two “personalities” . . . one is “spiritual,” the other is “civil” . . . even our Lord Jesus recognized this.

While pastors, elders, deacons, and other leaders readily identify the spiritual needs of the church and its members and attenders, and how to respond to those challenges, these same leaders often have little or no familiarity with the civil responsibilities of the church corporation. And it’s not necessarily their fault . . . after all, churches are exempt from the law, right?


This quick-read PDF digital edition explores seven of the most common mistakes churches make when it comes to maintaining their corporation's compliance with local, state, and federal agencies, laws, and regulations.

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