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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!

Viewing blogs by category: Outreach

24 May 2018

How Your Church Can Better Serve Your Community

Raul Rivera

While I was pastoring, my wife and I had a vision for our church to host the biggest back-to-school bash our community had ever seen. We wanted to host an outreach event where every child in our community would receive a backpack full of school supplies before the start of the school year. This was a daunting task for our small congregation at the…

12 Sep 2017

How to Send Volunteers to Help With Relief Efforts

Raul Rivera

When a tragic event occurs, there is often an immense desire from those who were not directly affected to help the victims. Most recently we have seen an outpouring of people and organizations all across the country come to the aid of those whose lives have been upended by Hurricane Harvey.  Many churches and ministries in my community are collecting…

13 Dec 2016

How to Support Missions if Your Church Can't Go Overseas

Raul Rivera

It was a long process, but Pastor Mark and his church had finally sent their first missions team out of the country. There was so much joy and anticipation that he could hardly sleep. He was very excited to hear from the missions team upon its arrival, and he could not stop smiling when he finally got the call. After a couple of weeks in the foreign…

10 Nov 2016

How to Plan a Mission Trip for Your Church, Part 1

Raul Rivera

It is common to hear a story about church members who traveled on a mission trip to another country, and a participant became injured or sick. While there is a risk factor involved anytime members participate in missionary travel, one must ask, “How liable is the church in this situation?” and “What can the church do to protect itself…

14 Jun 2016

Surviving Summer, Part 4: 4 Practical Outreach Ideas with Proven Results

Raul Rivera

Ministry leaders are visionaries. We see a need, and we are good at dreaming of how to meet the need. But the journey between vision and reality is daunting at best. I have been there and can speak from experience. Community outreach is such a big part of summer for churches. I imagine there are many needs in your community that your church could meet.…

17 Dec 2015

The Power of Showing Up

Raul Rivera

In December of 2008, a seed was planted in the hearts of Jim and Melinda Hollandsworth. At the time, Jim was serving as associate pastor at Graystone Church, and Melinda was teaching at a local elementary school. During that holiday season, the small group that Jim and Melinda led chose to provide Christmas for a family they were sponsoring through…

12 Nov 2015

The Key to Your Ministry Dreams

Raul Rivera

We are encouraged throughout Scripture to be grateful and to give thanks for all things, in all circumstances. Many people particularly use this time of year to reflect on the blessings of God. Perhaps you have even noticed some of your friends on social media participating in a “30-Day Thankfulness Challenge”. This is a challenge in which…

16 Jul 2009

The Biggest Part of Receiving a Blessing is Being Ready When it Comes!

Raul Rivera

An Outreach to Our City In 1999, my wife and I were traveling home to South Florida from a trip to Tampa.  During our three hour ride home we were brainstorming outreach ideas that would help increase our church's presence in the community.  We were determined to do something much bigger than ourselves.  We wanted to do something that…

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