The StartCHURCH Blog

Ever since Raul and his wife set out to start a new church, it has been their passion to share the difficult task of church management with ministers and ministry leaders. Taking courses at Bible college and attending church planting conferences are good, but optional, ideas. However, knowing and understanding the legal, business, and tax aspects of church and ministry is not optional, and getting it right is a requirement!

It is the founder's desire that every StartCHURCH blog function as a tool to help you grow strong in these areas. In each blog, you will find a wealth of information that will not only benefit your ministry, but might also help to keep you out of IRS trouble. The authors take time to research and write about the latest legal and tax changes happening in the world of ministry. They also address issues that affect pastors, leaders, and board members personally. Overall, the bottom line commitment is to empower you with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions.

Please take some time to browse the postings. After reading each blog, feel free to leave a comment if you think it may benefit others. With the collective knowledge and experience that StartCHURCH brings, coupled with applicable and encouraging feedback posted by the readers, you may find these blogs are more helpful than you can imagine!

19 Jan 2017

Why Bylaws Are Important, And How to Make Yours Better

Raul Rivera

John and Sheila realized that starting a church was not for the faint of heart. That is why when they decided that it was time to begin their ministry, they were fully prepared for the tasks of planning services, counseling members, and seeking God daily to know the best direction for their church. However, they never considered what it would…

18 Jan 2017

2017 Tax Calendar for Churches and Ministries

Raul Rivera

Every year in January, our office receives tons of phone calls from pastors and church leaders, just like you, asking about various tax forms and what needs to be filed in January.  To that effect, we have put together a tax calendar to educate and guide you throughout 2017. This calendar is specific for churches and ministries. We hope that this…

17 Jan 2017

10 Tax Forms You Need to Know About

Raul Rivera

Now that the new year is in full swing, tax forms should be moving to the forefront of your mind. Each year, churches and ministries are required to fill out certain tax forms in order to maintain IRS compliance. However, many churches, pastors, and church administrators are simply unaware of them all.  To help you, I have compiled a…

15 Jan 2017

Three Common Mistakes Made When Launching a Church

Raul Rivera

Pastor Zack had been a youth pastor for many years prior to planting a church. As the current lead pastor, he was doing a great job attracting new members and preaching relevant messages to a diverse congregation. However, he had very little experience with the legal side of establishing a church, and several months ago, he called our office with a…

12 Jan 2017

Important Tax Updates & Developments You Need to Know About for 2017

Raul Rivera

Year in and year out the IRS and other government agencies make tax-related changes, updates, and developments that affect churches. As a pastor, your time is spent studying, praying, and counseling while also leading and raising a family, and to ask you to keep up with new tax updates pertaining to you as a minister and your ministry is almost impossible…

10 Jan 2017

7 Things You Need to Know About Donor Giving Receipts

Raul Rivera

Lindsey, the church administrator, was exhausted. She had spent the past month sifting through envelopes, check ledgers, and scraps of papers from the offering basket trying to make sense of the church donations. The church never developed detailed receipts for every donation that it received. Instead, the church thought that it only needed to keep…

08 Jan 2017

3 Compliance Pitfalls for Your Ministry to Avoid

Raul Rivera

“How did we get here?” was a question that Pastor Tom, the senior pastor of a growing church, found himself struggling to answer.  Pastor Tom was unprepared for a terrible turn of events in his church. To the shock of the church leaders and board of directors, they learned that a longtime church member had been stealing money from…

05 Jan 2017

How to Conduct a Better Board Meeting, Part 1

Raul Rivera

With each new year there always seems to be an overwhelming sense of hope. There is hope in what the new year will bring, and hope that the new year will be better than the last one. As a pastor, you likely have big hopes and dreams for your church in 2017. You have plans in place that are intended to help your church grow and reach more people. You…

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