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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. 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!

21 Jun 2018

City Bans Church from Worshipping in Coffee Shop

Raul Rivera

What if a zoning law could keep your church from holding worship services? A church in Maryland has recently found itself in a legal battle with the city of Laurel, Maryland over zoning laws and whether or not it can continue to hold worship services. This is not the first time a church has faced this type of issue. As a matter of fact, I have previously…

19 Jun 2018

Is There a Difference Between Churches and Ministries?

Raul Rivera

Do you know that there is more than one way for your ministry to be classified for tax-purposes? Many pastors and ministries leaders are unaware that how their organizations are classified for tax-purposes matters. The dilemma for many pastors and ministry leaders is in choosing whether their organization is a church or ministry, for tax-purposes. This…

14 Jun 2018

Are You Ready For A Successful Youth Trip?

Raul Rivera

It’s summer time and we all know it’s a busy season for our youth groups! All throughout the country, churches are sending off scores of young people on a missions trip to serve the community. There’s nothing quite like the excitement in the air as parents drop their teens off at the church, praying for them as they set off to change…

12 Jun 2018

5 Questions to Ask Before Planting a Church

Raul Rivera

Is God calling you to plant a church? This is a question I believe many pastors, both young and old, are wrestling with right now, and perhaps you are one of them. I, myself, have planted a church and I have also helped thousands of pastors plant churches all across the country throughout the years. I also want to help you start the church that God…

07 Jun 2018

Are You Ready to Change Your Community?

Raul Rivera

While speaking at one of our Ultimate Church Structure Conferences recently, I met a pastor who clearly had a heart for his city. His eyes brightened and his tone quickened as he talked about all he wanted to do through his community development corporation. The hurt and need was evident to him, and he knew that he was called to do something about…

05 Jun 2018

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Religious Freedom

Raul Rivera

On Monday, June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court reversed Colorado’s ruling that a Christian baker was required under penalty of law to bake a cake for a same-sex marriage celebration. The Court went as far as to point out that the State of Colorado did the very thing they accused and convicted the baker of doing: discriminating. It was a landslide…

03 Jun 2018

How Churches Can Honor Dads this Father's Day

Raul Rivera

If you have followed my writings for very long, you know how much I value the role of fatherhood. My role as a father is part of what shapes me and what I do with each day of my life; striving to make a difference in the lives of my family. I have written about my father and the father-figures God has placed in my life and how these men have poured…

31 May 2018

Court Makes Surprise Ruling in Church Audit Case

Raul Rivera

One of the last things any pastor wants for his/her church is to have to go through an IRS audit. Thankfully, there is a stringent process that the IRS must abide by when it comes to conducting church audits. For instance, the law governing church audits states that the IRS can begin a church audit only “ . . . if an appropriate high-level Treasury…

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