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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!

24 May 2018

How Your Church Can Better Serve Your Community

Raul Rivera

While I was pastoring, my wife and I had a vision for our church to host the biggest back-to-school bash our community had ever seen. We wanted to host an outreach event where every child in our community would receive a backpack full of school supplies before the start of the school year. This was a daunting task for our small congregation at the…

22 May 2018

How to Prepare Your Church for Summer

Raul Rivera

For many, summertime is a favorite time of the year. The kids are out of school, family vacations are underway, and BBQs are happening almost every weekend. Work may continue to be the same, but there is usually some time off to anticipate with excitement. As a pastor, however, the summer season can be a trying time for a number of reasons. In this…

17 May 2018

Kentucky Court Delivers Blow to Church Release Forms

Raul Rivera

With the summer months quickly approaching, many churches are preparing to take short-term missions trips. Additionally, many church youth groups will be going to summer camps. While these trips are fun and serve a greater purpose, participants are still susceptible to accidents and injuries. Because accidents can happen at any moment, many churches…

15 May 2018

What Makes a Pastor Steal Church Money?

Raul Rivera

When you hear a story of a pastor who stole church money, do you find yourself wondering, “How could that happen?” or “What makes a pastor steal from his own church?” It is easy to jump to conclusions and assume it is because of greed. Yet, if we are willing to take a closer look, we soon realize that the root cause goes much…

10 May 2018

Can a Church Give Scholarships?

Raul Rivera

During this time of year, many high school and college students are preparing to graduate. This is one of the big milestones that one accomplishes and experiences in life. For high schoolers, many are preparing to go off to college, away from home and away from their parents for the first time. And for college students, many are preparing to enter…

08 May 2018

3 Common Myths of the Housing Allowance

Raul Rivera

The minister’s housing allowance is perhaps the best tax benefit afforded to pastors; however, it is also one of the most misunderstood tax benefits. The logical approach to helping one better understand the minister’s housing allowance is to start by explaining what the housing allowance is. However, with this blog I want to take a different…

03 May 2018

Pastor, You Can't Say That

Raul Rivera

I want to share with you an area that pastors rarely consider when it comes to speaking from the pulpit. For instance, have you ever given thought to defamation?  By definition, defamation is classified as anything you say or write about another person that is found to be false, or that injures the other person. The definition sounds simple,…

01 May 2018

How Your Church Can Honor Moms on Mother's Day

Raul Rivera

Every year there are certain Sundays that some refer to as “big” Sundays. These are the Sundays, such as Easter Sunday, when many people who may not be regular congregants decide to attend church. What makes these Sundays so “big” is the evangelistic opportunity that churches have on newcomers. Mother’s Day is one of…

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