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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: Tough Laws

14 Nov 2017

What Churches Need to Know About DACA

Raul Rivera

Those who are current on recent news may have heard of the recent political conversations regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).   The decision to rescind DACA will affect approximately 800,000 youth and young adults in America. Those affected by DACA are from varied walks of life. You may be surprised to learn that…

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…

04 Jul 2017

3 Questions Pastors Are Asking About Health Care

Trey Lewis

“The whole healthcare system is messed up. It is so complex and confusing that we are not sure where to begin.” This was the beginning of a conversation I had with a pastor at one of our recent Ultimate Church Structure Conferences. Like many other pastors and ministry leaders, this pastor was frustrated and in need of a little guidance. I…

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…

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…

11 Apr 2017

Can Donations from a Bankrupt Donor Cost Your Church?

Trey Lewis

As I was speaking at one of our conferences recently, I was reminded, again, how much pastors and ministry leaders rely upon tithes and offerings to fund the vision God has placed in their hearts. Every gift, donation, and penny given allows a church or ministry to operate and fulfill its God-ordained purpose. However, as I speak with pastors and…

16 Feb 2017

Lawsuit Claims Church Ordained Wrong Person

Raul Rivera

In January of 2014, the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) was found liable for the actions of one of its church-planting pastors, and it was ordered to pay 12.5 million dollars to the plaintiff.  Here is the history behind the case.  In 2005, one of the pastors from an FBC affiliated church engaged in molestation acts against a 13-year-old…

02 Feb 2017

Is Your Church Super Bowl Party Legal?

Raul Rivera

One of the largest outreach events for churches across the country happens to fall on arguably the largest Sunday of the year (at least for avid sports fans) - you guessed it - Super Bowl® Sunday.  Many churches will open their doors to church members, community members and their family and friends to watch the big game. This is an opportunity…

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