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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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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…

18 Jan 2018

3 Traits That Invite Church Fraud

Raul Rivera

Have you thought about your tithes and offerings lately? Not necessarily about how much your church received, but about what happens to your tithes and offerings once it is collected.  Many pastors start the year asking, “How should my church handle tithes and offerings?” or “What are the best practices for counting tithes and…

16 Jan 2018

Starting a Church? Avoid These Three Mistakes

Raul Rivera

Is 2018 the year that you are going to start your church? Have you decided that this is the year you will answer ‘Yes’ to the call God has placed on your life? If so, I want to celebrate with you and encourage you as you travel the path that God has set before you.  I remember when I first answered the call to plant a church. There…

09 Jan 2018

2018 Tax Calendar for Churches and Ministries

Raul Rivera

Every year in January, our office receives tons of phone calls from pastors and church leaders, just like you, asking about various tax forms and wanting to know what needs to be filed in January.  To that effect, we have put together a tax calendar to educate and guide you throughout 2018. This calendar is specific for churches and ministries.…

07 Jan 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Donation Receipts

Raul Rivera

There are several aspects that every church should be aware of when managing church donations. For example, providing giving statements or contribution statements to your donors and having an appropriate tithe and offering counting policy are key for accountability and accuracy in managing your church funds. During this time of year, many pastors and…

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