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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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22 May 2018

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 are happening almost every weekend. 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 reasons. In this…

17 May 2018

Kentucky Court Delivers Blow to Church Release Forms

Raul Rivera

With the summer months quickly approaching, many churches are preparing to take short-term missions trips. Additionally, many church youth groups will be going to summer camps. While these trips are fun and serve a greater purpose, participants are still susceptible to accidents and injuries. Because accidents can happen at any moment, many churches…

10 May 2018

Can a Church Give Scholarships?

Raul Rivera

During this time of year, many high school and college students are preparing to graduate. This is one of the big milestones that one accomplishes and experiences in life. For high schoolers, many are preparing to go off to college, away from home and away from their parents for the first time. And for college students, many are preparing to enter…

17 Apr 2018

Do Churches Need Security Teams?

Raul Rivera

How do we keep our churches safe in a world where evil exists? After recent strings of mass shootings, including the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last fall, many pastors are asking what steps they should take to make their churches safe. The truth of the matter is that most churches do not have safety plans, much less safety…

06 Mar 2018

Now is the Best Time for Your Church to Start a School

Raul Rivera

When the new tax reform was passed in December 2017 a lot of changes came with it. Most notable are the changes that directly affect individual taxes. But there are, however, other “less notable” changes that churches may in fact find beneficial. For example, have you thought about what it would be like if your church opened up a school…

20 Feb 2018

How Should Churches Respond to Sexual Harassment?

Raul Rivera

In recent months numerous sexual harassment allegations have surfaced across multiple industries - politics, entertainment, universities, and news networks just to name a few. The brave actions of a few helped spawn the #MeToo movement and in turn encouraged an unprecedented number of victims to step forward and share their stories. It is times like…

15 Feb 2018

Should Pastors Receive a W-2 or 1099?

Raul Rivera

Tax season is upon us! During this time of year we receive hundreds of phone calls from pastors and church leaders who all have questions pertaining to ministers’ taxes and pastoral compensation. Perhaps one of the most common questions we receive during tax season is, “Should pastors receive a Form W-2 or Form 1099-MISC from the church?” This…

13 Feb 2018

How Much Should Churches Pay Pastors?

Raul Rivera

When a pastor is about to begin receiving a salary from his church, we often hear the question - “How much can my church pay me?” This is a very logical question to ask since many pastors who recently started their churches have no idea where to begin when it comes to setting salary. Most pastors simply want to make sure that when it comes…

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