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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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20 Mar 2018

How to Start a Ministry

Raul Rivera

When the Lord lays it on your heart to begin a ministry, it is common to start thinking about the spiritual and logistical sides of establishing a ministry. You may begin to ask yourself questions such as, “What type of ministry will I start?” “Where will we start?” “Who will be involved?” “How will we receive…

29 Oct 2017

After Disaster 3: Handling Noncash Donations

Raul Rivera

In concluding our series on responding to natural disasters, I want to spend time addressing a topic that relates to all churches and ministries—donations.  In response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, many churches and ministries collected items such as nonperishable food, water, and clothes to send to the areas that were most devastated…

22 Oct 2017

After Disaster 2: Preparing to be Benevolent

Raul Rivera

As the Body of Christ, we are called to meet the needs of those not only in our churches, but also those within our communities. When a natural disaster occurs, we feel the calling even more so to help those who have been affected. When a church helps to meet the needs of an individual, it is commonly referred to as benevolence.  While generosity…

15 Oct 2017

After Disaster: Understanding Designated Funds

Raul Rivera

In the wake of the recent natural disasters to hit the United States, many are wondering what to do and how they can help. When we witness our neighbors and fellow citizens experience something so devastating, our hearts go out to them and we long to help. With the wildfires out West and in Montana, and the numerous hurricanes that have hit various…

28 Mar 2017

What Ministries Should Know About IRS Form 990

Raul Rivera

After attending one of our conferences, Pastor Jacob’s church had established a separate nonprofit daycare in 2014 that was now flourishing and serving 30 children. The daycare recently made $170,000 in income, which was enough to provide a few raises and to upgrade the educational materials. Though the daycare was prospering, the staff…

25 Oct 2016

Yes, It's True - Satan Clubs in Public Schools!

Raul Rivera

The Satanic Temple (TST) group has launched a nationwide campaign to implement After School Satan Clubs (ASSC) in public schools. The satanic group has submitted applications to nine public school districts in the following states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.  The purpose of the satanic…

08 Sep 2015

From $7,000 to $200K

Raul Rivera

Building any organization from the ground up is no easy task. It takes hard work, commitment, consistency, and prayer to bring a dream to life. Add to this what it takes to build a community development corporation (CDC) whose purpose is to foster a place of safety, inspiration, and life-changing opportunities, and then you will not only be faced with…

12 Apr 2015

The Form 990 Hack You Need to Know About

Raul Rivera

Pastor Stevens called me late one afternoon a couple of weeks ago concerned about his private information being compromised. When I asked him what the cause of his concern was, he informed me that he had received an email about a security breach for organizations that file Form 990-N (e-Postcard). Now, to give you a little background information, Pastor…

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