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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 Aug 2017

How to Protect Your Church Property and Assets

Raul Rivera

When I survey the direction of ministry today, I see a country that is being torn from within. Our legislative culture is becoming more and more hostile toward churches.  Right now, some statistics indicate that 1,000 churches per month get sued. That is a stunning 12,000 churches per year. At our Ultimate Church Structure Conferences,…

10 Aug 2017

Late Pastor's Widow Arrested During Service

Raul Rivera

Earlier this year, the late Bishop Benjamin Gibert of Detroit World Outreach (DWO) unexpectedly passed away due to a heart attack. Unfortunately, there has been little time to mourn his passing due to an ongoing feud between the board of elders of DWO and the late bishop’s widow, Dr. Charisse Gibert. The feud between the two parties involves…

06 Aug 2017

Is Your Church Ready for the Harvest?

Raul Rivera

The summertime can be a long and difficult season for churches. It is almost as if many churches go into survival mode. Congregants take vacations, go to the lake on the weekends, or simply become a little more lax with their church attendance. The decrease in church attendance during the summer can directly affect a church’s finances and is…

01 Aug 2017

The Do's and Don'ts of Counting Church Money

Raul Rivera

Daniel could not believe how far he had come since he first entered the ministry 20 years ago. As a young man fresh out of bible college, he was ready to take on the world. He was fired up and passionate about helping the needy and seeing lives change for all eternity. However, as well trained as he was to preach the gospel as a minister in his early…

13 Jul 2017

5 Steps to Help You Master Church Payroll

Raul Rivera

Payroll can be a daunting task for many churches and ministries. One of the main reasons this is true is because of how ministers are treated for tax purposes.  Ministers have what is known as a “dual-tax status,” which means they are both employed and self-employed for tax purposes. For this reason, church payroll cannot be done in…

29 Jun 2017

An Easy Way to Attract Visitors to Your Church

Raul Rivera

Today’s church is dramatically different from the church at the turn of the century. Outside of the unchanging message of salvation, to some degree the church is hardly recognizable. Change can be attributed to the culture around us, and the culture around us is largely influenced by the rapid developments of technology. There is no doubt that…

27 Jun 2017

How to Better Protect Your Ministry's Religious Liberties

Trey Lewis

June 26, 2017, marked two-years since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. So, what is new? Has anything really changed that you need to know about since the Supreme Court’s ruling?  Some are quick to answer “yes” and others may be quick to answer “no.” Of course, it will depend on who you ask.  The…

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…

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