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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

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…

23 Jun 2016

Same-Sex Marriage, Now Transgender Bathrooms; What Churches Should Know

Raul Rivera

This Sunday, June 26, marks one year since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. The Court’s ruling left many pastors and church leaders concerned about the possible implications the ruling would have upon their sincerely held religious beliefs as well as their churches. Many pastors were asking, and are still asking, questions…

31 May 2016

Are You a Mandated Reporter? What Every Minister Should Know

Raul Rivera

As a minister, it is inevitable that individuals will come to you for guidance. You are looked upon as a wise and trusted person, as someone who can truly help in a time of need. At times, what is confessed to you may be alarming. So alarming that you may wonder whether or not the authorities should be involved. But you hesitate in doing so because…

19 May 2016

Healthcare and Your Church; A Simple Guide

Raul Rivera

“It’s been over 5 years and we’re still trying to get it right,” Greg said with a sigh. He was burning the midnight oil with the finance committee, working to finalize the compensation agreements the church needed for the new staff members they were about to hire. The church had grown by leaps and bounds. They were adding 5 new…

03 May 2016

A Lesson Learned from Kim and Kanye's Pastor

Raul Rivera

Perhaps you have seen his hit reality TV show, Rich in Faith. Maybe you know him as the pastor who officiated the wedding of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Or, perchance this could be the first you have heard of him. Either way, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr., dubbed “the hipster pastor”, is no stranger to the headlines. Most recently, however,…

09 Feb 2016

Florida Court Says Church Bylaws Lacked Proper Wording

Raul Rivera

In 2011, a Florida court ruled that a church had to restore four board members that had been removed because they missed too many board meetings. The church’s bylaws did not adequately deal with the removal of board members, declared the court. It all began when the senior pastor and another board member of a church in Florida passed a motion…

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