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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

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.…

16 May 2017

Court Says Love Offerings are Taxable

Trey Lewis

In 2012, Pastor Jackson’s church had approximately 25 to 30 active members, seven ministers, and the church held services three days each week. In addition to being the senior pastor, Pastor Jackson served on the church board and he was listed as the registered agent for the church.  Pastor Jackson had previously informed the church’s…

02 May 2017

Compliant Church Equals Silent Pulpit?

Trey Lewis

As I spoke recently at one of our Ultimate Church Structure Conferences, I could feel a familiar tension in the room. When pastors began seeing the need to get legally compliant, there was a collective concern for whether a compliant church must have a silent pulpit. Many ministers are under the impression that if their church applies for 501(c)(3)…

30 Apr 2017

"They Got Approved!"

Raul Rivera

As I walked in the office a while back, one of our team members handed me an approval letter from the IRS for one of our clients. Now, this is not totally uncommon because we receive approval letters from the IRS on behalf of our clients on a near daily basis. On this particular day, this specific approval letter was different. This approval letter…

27 Apr 2017

Heart is Good, Advice is Bad

Trey Lewis

Have you ever received bad advice? Oftentimes the bad advice we receive comes from those with good intentions. At a recent conference I was speaking at, I was surprised to hear from so many pastors who had recently received bad, or misinformed, advice regarding their churches and ministries from people who were trying to help. What I have realized…

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