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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!

11 Oct 2018

Is It Time For Your Church to Build?

Emma Corbett

To build or not to build your church? That is the question! If you haven’t come to this point yet in your church-planting journey, there will come a time when you will outgrow your current meeting space and will need to expand. If you have ever had questions about building or expanding your church, then this blog may be beneficial to you. Although…

09 Oct 2018

Do You Know the Dangers of Copy and Paste?

Raul Rivera

After receiving a confirming word from a visiting minister, Kyle knew the time for him to start a church had finally arrived. A week later, Kyle excitedly met with his pastor who agreed that it was God's call that Kyle be commissioned to the ministry.  Six months later on a Sunday morning, his pastor laid hands on him in the presence of the…

04 Oct 2018

Stop breaking an IRS Regulation Today

Justin Upchurch

While meeting with his mentor, Pastor Larry was explaining that because of the growth his church had experienced this year, his church was finally able to hire some much-needed help—a full-time associate pastor and a part-time administrator.   Pastor Larry continued to explain that he felt like he was finally getting a good grasp on this…

02 Oct 2018

Are You Ready to Increase Your Impact by 93% Now?

Emma Corbett

“I just want to make an impact in the children and teenager’s lives around me in a huge way.” This statement is from a conversation I had with one of our clients, Pastor Josh. His senior pastor has been one of our clients for years, and Pastor Josh called StartCHURCH to tell us about the vision God had given him to start a Christian…

27 Sep 2018

1 Step Leads to 7% Budget Increase

Angie Lopez

“What do you mean I have to pay taxes on all this? I have the IRS letter right here! We are putting on a huge event this weekend. I don’t understand. I thought we did everything we needed to in order to buy church supplies tax free.” This is an incredibly common scenario for pastors who are wanting to do good in the community. It…

25 Sep 2018

501(c)(3) - 2 Sides, 1 Truth

Angie Lopez

Walk into one group of pastors and you will hear them say, “You MUST have 501(c)(3) status! It’s the law and is very helpful!” Walk across the halls to another group of pastors and they will say with no less passion and confidence, “Never apply for 501(c)(3)! Never let the government tell you what you can and can’t preach!”…

20 Sep 2018

One Pastor's Pivotal Moment

Christine Bove

As Told by Mrs. Stevonne German I absolutely love a good story. As a team member of the Customer Service Division, I have the honor of hearing people’s stories about their journeys of their ministries. I recently had the privilege to speak with Mrs. Stevonne German of Lionheart Church International. Training for church administration can be…

19 Sep 2018

Supporting Overseas Missionaries: Are You Ready to be a Light to the World?

Tracey Perez

“ I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 13:47 As a bookkeeper, I have the opportunity to work with many pastors and ministry leaders every day. I love the passion and joy they have when they support overseas missions that spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Many pastors…

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