The StartCHURCH Blog

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: Church Management

26 Feb 2017

Church's Records Get Pastor in Hot Water

Raul Rivera

Late one afternoon, a distraught Pastor Chris called our office fearing that he may lose his church. He proceeded to recount the events of the past week that led to his frantic call.  A lawyer came to his church office early one morning demanding to see the church’s financial and administrative records and threatened legal action if the…

23 Feb 2017

Why It's Important for Churches to Have a Plan of Succession

Raul Rivera

After his mother’s passing in October 2010, Pastor Joel R. Peebles, Sr., succeeded her and became the new church pastor. Since his succession, tension had been mounting between Pastor Joel and the board of elders. A year and a half later, the conflict had escalated. In April of 2012, Pastor Joel arrived to Wednesday Bible study (as always) ready…

21 Feb 2017

How To Change Your Church Name

Raul Rivera

Darrell is the senior pastor of a large, well-established church outside of Chicago. The church was created in the late 1930s, so to say the church was “set in its ways” would be an understatement.  After serving as the senior pastor for two years, Darrell sensed the Lord wanting to take the church in a new direction. This excited…

12 Feb 2017

Do You Really Know What is in Your Bylaws?

Raul Rivera

Have you ever used the phrase “hindsight is 20/20”?  The phrase means that it is easy to know the right thing to do after something has happened. This saying is typically used when someone realizes, after the fact, that they could have made a better decision (e.g. a purchased car that you thought was a good deal, turns out to be a…

05 Feb 2017

3 Reasons Your Church Could End Up in Court

Raul Rivera

As we continue to press forward into 2017, our hope is for our beloved country to make a turn back to God and His Word.  Unfortunately, the legislative culture continues to be hostile towards churches. Moreover, we live in a society that is litigious in nature, thus making it crucial for pastors and church leaders to strengthen the legal side…

24 Jan 2017

How to Solve Your Church's Financial Crisis

Raul Rivera

No one is better acquainted with the fact that churches need money in order to operate than pastors and church leaders. Amazing things can be accomplished through your ministry when money is used with wisdom and ingenuity.  However, knowing how to harness the asset of money without being ruled by it can be very difficult. It can be easy to find…

19 Jan 2017

Why Bylaws Are Important, And How to Make Yours Better

Raul Rivera

John and Sheila realized that starting a church was not for the faint of heart. That is why when they decided that it was time to begin their ministry, they were fully prepared for the tasks of planning services, counseling members, and seeking God daily to know the best direction for their church. However, they never considered what it would…

18 Jan 2017

2017 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 what needs to be filed in January.  To that effect, we have put together a tax calendar to educate and guide you throughout 2017. This calendar is specific for churches and ministries. We hope that this…

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