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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!

14 Aug 2018

New Trend: Church Owned Business

Tracey Perez

Recently I had a phone call with a pastor in Georgia. He told me about financial issues his church was having during the summer.  I don't know what else I can do to help keep the church afloat. I’m already donating more of my personal money to the church to help cover the bills. The board and I have decided that it won’t be until next…

09 Aug 2018

You Don't Need a College Education to Get Ordained

Christine Bove

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a college degree or to go to seminary to become ordained. While the processes of becoming ordained may differ amongst churches, the purpose is the same: to recognize the special calling on one’s life and to publicly declare that their community accepts them as a spiritual leader.  When I…

07 Aug 2018

Which Bylaws Are Harmful?

Christine Bove

Who really loves bylaws? There are a lot of details involved, and to some, the process can be very stressful and daunting.  Here at StartCHURCH, we we have a saying ‘Other than the scriptures, your bylaws are your most important document’. They describe the vision, whose in charge, how to handle conflict, what you believe and much…

02 Aug 2018

3 Court Cases You Need to Know About

Rachel Nissley

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. Here in Georgia, children are headed back to school and pumpkin decorations are starting to show up in stores. Even though I am not ready for it to be over, the season is changing. It has been an interesting summer for the legal system. There have been several court cases that been decided. Those…

31 Jul 2018

Two Key Steps in Getting Things Done

Rachel Nissley

Much has been written about the subject of vision. Even the Bible tells us in Proverbs 29:18 that “without vision the people will perish.” Vision is something that every person needs to have. Your connection with your personal vision is intimate, you don’t need anyone else to agree with it, and you may not even have explained it to…

26 Jul 2018

An Easy Way to Attract Visitors to Your Church

Raul Rivera

Today’s Church is dramatically different from the Church at the turn of the century. Outside of the unchanging message of salvation, to some degree, the Church is hardly recognizable. Change can be attributed to the culture around us, and the culture around us is largely influenced by the rapid developments of technology. There is no doubt that…

24 Jul 2018

3 Big Tax Code Changes for Churches

Raul Rivera

On December 22, 2017, Congress and the President of the United States signed into law the largest tax reform since 1986, called The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act or TCJA. This law went into full effect on January 1, 2018. The new tax law addresses many different changes to the tax codes for for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals. Part…

19 Jul 2018

10 Simple Steps to Ensure Legal Ordination

Raul Rivera

What steps should a minister take to become ordained? When you do a Google search for “what does it take to become ordained,” you will find more than 400 million search results. While there is a lot good information online for the topic of ordination, there is also a lot of misinformation on the subject.  So, how do you know what…

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