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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!

22 Jun 2017

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. This was a daunting task for our small congregation at the time. We wanted to host an event where every child in our community would receive a backpack full of school supplies before the start of school. The only problem…

20 Jun 2017

Congress Gives New Relief to Churches

Raul Rivera

In recent weeks the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new health care legislation must now pass through the U.S. Senate before it repeals the ACA and becomes law.  While the country anxiously awaits to see how the U.S. Senate will respond to the new health…

15 Jun 2017

When Does a Board Member's Resignation Become Effective?

Raul Rivera

We recently received an email from a long time reader who asked, “When does a board member’s resignation become effective?” For privacy purposes we will call him “Bob.” Bob’s question spawned from a previous blog that addressed board member liability and how board members can reduce the risk of personal liability. In…

08 Jun 2017

How to Legally Help the Poor

Raul Rivera

As Pastor James was on his way home from Sunday morning service, he noticed a gentleman holding a sign at a traffic light. Without having to read the sign Pastor James could tell that life had not been fair to the man. The man’s clothes, hair and demeanor told his story. While sitting at the traffic light, Pastor James’ heart went out to…

06 Jun 2017

Are Board Members Liable for Church Actions?

Raul Rivera

Matt is a church planter in Missouri. He recently heard about us from a pastor friend who attended one of our conferences. Matt decided to give us a call since he is planning to launch his church this fall. He called asking questions about what it would mean for his church to get incorporated by applying for official 501(c)(3) recognition, and he asked…

30 May 2017

Could Hearing a Confession Cost You $10,000?

Raul Rivera

As a pastor or ministry leader, are you familiar with your state’s laws concerning your responsibility as a mandated reporter? How about the relationship between your state’s mandatory reporting laws and the clergy-penitent privilege? If not, then these are things that you will want to research after reading this story. All 50 states have…

25 May 2017

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 happen almost every weekend with family or friends. 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…

23 May 2017

6 Simple Ways to Create a Church Budget

Raul Rivera

For Walter, starting a church was new and exciting! However, managing the finances of the church was not. After all, Walter was called by God to be a pastor, not to be an accountant.  The reality was that in order to fulfill God’s vision for the church, implementing a budget was necessary. Even though creating a church budget seemed intimidating,…

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