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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!

Viewing blogs by category: IRS Compliance

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…

08 Aug 2017

The Missing Ingredients in Starting a Church

Nathan Camp

My wife is Greek and one of her favorite things to do is cook. Recently, she was trying to cook a special Greek bread. She spent hours measuring and mixing the ingredients, working the dough, letting it rise, and checking on it every few minutes.  Finally, she put the dough into the pan, placed it in the oven, set the timer, and waited.  My…

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…

06 Jul 2017

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…

13 Jun 2017

Do You Know How to Pay Guest Speakers?

Trey Lewis

It had been a wonderful night of ministry at Crosspoint Church of God. This particular night was the culmination of a four-night revival; marriages were mended, addictive habits broken, and souls were saved. As Pastor Dan, of Crosspoint Church of God, sat on the front row thanking God for his everlasting mercy and grace, and for the lives that were…

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…

01 Jun 2017

Are There Limits on Pastoral Lunch Expenses?

Trey Lewis

When was the last time you treated a guest speaker or another pastor to lunch? What about lunch with another staff member? Did you purchase the lunch on a church credit card? Or, did you purchase the lunch and then later receive a reimbursement from the church? These lunches are common for many pastors, and how you handle such expenses and understand…

18 May 2017

Does a Church Need to be 501(c)(3) Approved?

Raul Rivera

Every so often, I get the question, “If we are a church, why do we need to apply for 501(c)(3) status?”  This is not a totally uncommon question. Over 10 million search results appear when you Google, “Do churches need to apply for 501(c)(3) status?” It seems many pastors and church leaders are asking the same question.…

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