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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!

11 Jan 2018

3 Things for Churches to Make 2018 Awesome

Raul Rivera

Have you ever watched Olympic sprinters and found yourself marveling at the speed and quickness of the runners? I know I have! Although not the most important aspect of the race, having an effective start is crucial to the success of a runner during a race.  In a similar fashion, the manner in which your church starts 2018 can influence what…

09 Jan 2018

2018 Tax Calendar for Churches and Ministries

Raul Rivera

Every year in January, our office receives tons of phone calls from pastors and church leaders, just like you, asking about various tax forms and wanting to know what needs to be filed in January.  To that effect, we have put together a tax calendar to educate and guide you throughout 2018. This calendar is specific for churches and ministries.…

07 Jan 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Donation Receipts

Raul Rivera

There are several aspects that every church should be aware of when managing church donations. For example, providing giving statements or contribution statements to your donors and having an appropriate tithe and offering counting policy are key for accountability and accuracy in managing your church funds. During this time of year, many pastors and…

04 Jan 2018

URGENT: "Oh no! We have no minutes!"

Raul Rivera

At the beginning of each year, almost all churches and ministries are preparing for their legally-required annual board meeting. This meeting is where much of the business and vision of the church is approved and put into action. A critical component of that meeting is reviewing your church’s prior board meeting minutes.  The truth is, churches…

02 Jan 2018

5 Questions Every Ministry Should Ask to Start 2018

Raul Rivera

The beginning of each new year is a time to look forward to the opportunities that lay ahead. It is a time to leave behind what we wish we would have accomplished the previous year and optimistically look ahead at what we will accomplish. With each new year comes a renewed sense of hope for something more, something bigger, and something better for…

28 Dec 2017

Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

Raul Rivera

Did you know that in 2017 we published more than 120 blog posts? My guess is only a small handful of you were actually able to read each and every blog post. I get that - as a pastor your attention is constantly being pulled in a thousand different directions, and your time is valuable. For this reason, we always conclude the year with a list of our…

26 Dec 2017

How the 2018 Mileage Reimbursement Rates Affect Churches

Raul Rivera

Each year, the IRS takes time to reassess the standard mileage reimbursement rates used to calculate the deductible costs for an individual who operates his/her vehicle for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes. Because of this, it is important for churches to be familiar with these updates for 2018, especially since many pastors and church…

21 Dec 2017

How to Make the Dreams for Your Church Reality

Raul Rivera

Pastors are dreamers.  You cannot help it. It is as if dreaming is a part of your DNA. This is one of the reasons why I love talking with pastors. At StartCHURCH, we want to hear about the dreams and visions you have for your church and ministry. We want to hear what God is doing through you and your ministry. But one of the most common themes…

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