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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!

17 Aug 2017

How Pastors Misuse Church Credit Cards & What To Do About It

Raul Rivera

A few weeks after being hired as the new senior pastor, Howard was given a church credit card. He was told the credit card was for times when he needed to make purchases for the church.  Howard was informed that he could also use the church credit card when he was traveling for ministry purposes and needed to fill-up his gas tank. Moreover, if…

15 Aug 2017

How to Protect Your Church Property and Assets

Raul Rivera

When I survey the direction of ministry today, I see a country that is being torn from within. Our legislative culture is becoming more and more hostile toward churches.  Right now, some statistics indicate that 1,000 churches per month get sued. That is a stunning 12,000 churches per year. At our Ultimate Church Structure Conferences,…

10 Aug 2017

Late Pastor's Widow Arrested During Service

Raul Rivera

Earlier this year, the late Bishop Benjamin Gibert of Detroit World Outreach (DWO) unexpectedly passed away due to a heart attack. Unfortunately, there has been little time to mourn his passing due to an ongoing feud between the board of elders of DWO and the late bishop’s widow, Dr. Charisse Gibert. The feud between the two parties involves…

06 Aug 2017

Is Your Church Ready for the Harvest?

Raul Rivera

The summertime can be a long and difficult season for churches. It is almost as if many churches go into survival mode. Congregants take vacations, go to the lake on the weekends, or simply become a little more lax with their church attendance. The decrease in church attendance during the summer can directly affect a church’s finances and is…

03 Aug 2017

Start a Church Without Attending Seminary

Raul Rivera

After a week of training, teaching, ministry, and healing, Pastor Ken felt ready to tackle the needs of his church with renewed faith.  He was on the road returning home from a week-long pastoral leadership and church management conference. He learned the essentials of developing leaders within his church, leading a church corporation, creating…

01 Aug 2017

The Do's and Don'ts of Counting Church Money

Raul Rivera

Daniel could not believe how far he had come since he first entered the ministry 20 years ago. As a young man fresh out of bible college, he was ready to take on the world. He was fired up and passionate about helping the needy and seeing lives change for all eternity. However, as well trained as he was to preach the gospel as a minister in his early…

27 Jul 2017

Appeals Court Sides with Christian T-Shirt Company

Raul Rivera

In recent weeks, the United States Supreme Court announced that next term (October 2017) it will hear the case involving Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Colorado bakery that refused the business of a gay couple in 2012. The question that many are asking is, “Do for-profit corporations have the same religious protections as churches and religious nonprofit…

25 Jul 2017

IRS Challenges Reimbursements

Raul Rivera

If I asked you to tell me the difference between accountable and nonaccountable reimbursements, would you be able to? I imagine some of you would and some of you would not. I also imagine that some of you would respond by asking me, “Why does it even matter?”  This is a good question, and I will attempt to explain.  Before I…

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