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!

13 Nov 2018

Ways to Grow Your Church Finances

Christine Bove

Victor and Jade felt the calling of God on their lives to plant a church since they studied together at their university. After faithfully serving in church together for several years, God spoke to them, and they began the preparations for a church plant.  The couple decided that they couldn’t do this church plant on their own. They couldn’t…

08 Nov 2018

Why Budgeting Is the Best Tool for Your Church's Growth

Tracey Perez

Budgeting is a word that often provokes intimidation and dread in the hearts of pastors. But I'm here to tell you that you don't have to be afraid of it. Budgeting becomes less of a chore and more of a tool for your benefit when you understand how important it is for your church. To properly budget, gather your current financial information. Most churches…

13 Nov 2018

Great Church Plants Have Great Websites

Emma Corbett

Have you ever experienced a bad church greeter? You know, someone whose job it is to welcome you to the church, but instead they have no passion for what they do and are just going through the motions? Or maybe they were unclear about where to go or what to do next? How did you feel?  Most of the time, we leave an encounter like that wondering…

01 Nov 2018

Can Instagram Get Your Church in Trouble?

Angie Lopez

In this digital age, it seems that most of us are constantly glued to our phones, liking and following everything that interests us, including our church’s Facebook page and Instagram account. Social media is so readily available to most people, it seems like a no-brainer for churches to use these tools to their advantage. Who doesn’t want…

30 Oct 2018

6 Safeguards for Pastoral Counseling

Emma Corbett

“Pastor, I need some counsel.” If you have been in ministry any length of time, you know that Pastoring is more than preaching and teaching to the crowds, many times, it is the one on one counsel where God uses the words and wisdom of Pastors to help others grow in their walk with God. But, the current environment of our country has made…

25 Oct 2018

Know What To Do When Hiring Your First Staff Member

Christine Bove

It’s very exciting when your church has grown to a new level of capacity that you can now hire staff members. It’s a momentous occasion and is a tangible sign of God’s active work in growing your ministry!  There are a lot of questions circling around how to hire your first staff member for your church and all of the processes…

24 Oct 2018

Why You Need a Launch Team for Planting a Church

Christine Bove

Pastors Emiel and Emma are a couple who’ve had on their hearts to plant a church for a couple of years now. Intimidated on what is involved in starting a church plant, the couple had put off starting it for sometime.  Finally propelled by the calling of God on their lives, they began to pull things together for making the church plant possible.  They…

18 Oct 2018

Protecting Your Church from Fraud

Angie Lopez

Ministry life comes with many unforeseen challenges, but the one thing that always catches pastors by surprise is being faced with fraud in the church. As much as we’d like to not have to deal with this, the unfortunately reality is that this scenario is more common than you might imagine. There are four common types of scams or fraud that can…

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