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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!

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15 Jun 2017

When Does a Board Member's Resignation Become Effective?

Raul Rivera

We recently received an email from a long time reader who asked, “When does a board member’s resignation become effective?” For privacy purposes we will call him “Bob.” Bob’s question spawned from a previous blog that addressed board member liability and how board members can reduce the risk of personal liability. In…

06 Jun 2017

Are Board Members Liable for Church Actions?

Raul Rivera

Matt is a church planter in Missouri. He recently heard about us from a pastor friend who attended one of our conferences. Matt decided to give us a call since he is planning to launch his church this fall. He called asking questions about what it would mean for his church to get incorporated by applying for official 501(c)(3) recognition, and he asked…

25 May 2017

How to Prepare Your Church for Summer

Raul Rivera

For many, summertime is a favorite time of the year. The kids are out of school, family vacations are underway, and BBQs happen almost every weekend with family or friends. Work may continue to be the same, but there is usually some time off to anticipate with excitement. As a pastor, however, the summer season can be a trying time for a number of…

23 May 2017

6 Simple Ways to Create a Church Budget

Raul Rivera

For Walter, starting a church was new and exciting! However, managing the finances of the church was not. After all, Walter was called by God to be a pastor, not to be an accountant.  The reality was that in order to fulfill God’s vision for the church, implementing a budget was necessary. Even though creating a church budget seemed intimidating,…

11 May 2017

5 Steps to an Energized Pastor

Raul Rivera

For the past year or so, Pastor Kevin had become used to getting to the church early on Sunday mornings to open up the building, put on a pot or two of coffee, and greet those who walked through the doors of the church.  Pastor Kevin was also the last one to leave so he could lock up. During the week, he would take care of any maintenance issues…

23 Apr 2017

CPA's Advice Cost Church

Raul Rivera

I met a pastor in San Diego, California a few years back at one of our conferences. He was attending the conference along with his church administrator. Upon learning that their church’s payroll might not have been done correctly, they approached me and asked if I would be willing to take a closer look at it. After I had a brief understanding…

20 Apr 2017

How to Handle Designated Donations Given to Your Ministry

Raul Rivera

Churches and ministries often receive designated funds for building campaigns, outreach programs, or benevolence. While these offerings are indeed a blessing, you may be surprised to hear that a large number of churches and ministries have difficulty knowing how to properly handle designated contributions. I think the primary reason for this problem…

06 Apr 2017

How Protect Your Church from an IRS Audit

Raul Rivera

For the past 6 years, Michelle has faithfully served as her church’s secretary. She has been a member of her church for the past 8 years, and between being a member and the secretary, Michelle has seen a lot of the good her church does. However, because of her position as secretary, Michelle has also seen some of her church’s “backside.”…

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