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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: Pastoral Helps

09 May 2017

Baskets, Flowers and the IRS?

Raul Rivera

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and I felt it was appropriate to write a blog about this special day. Many churches use this particular Sunday to recognize and honor the moms in attendance. While your church should honor all moms who will be in attendance - new moms, experienced moms, grand-moms, single moms, teenage moms, stay-at-home-moms, working…

04 May 2017

But I Told You That in Confidence!

Raul Rivera

Last month, Pastor Jason’s mentor (Rick) celebrated his last Sunday as pastor of the church that Jason is now leading. There were many tears and well wishes, but the church understood that it was time for Rick to move forward.  During the service, Jason, along with several others, shared how Rick had affected each of their lives for the…

18 Apr 2017

The Best Way to Remain Connected with Your Congregation

Raul Rivera

If I told you there is a way that you can stay connected with your congregation during the week without requiring your physical presence, would you be interested in hearing what I have to say? My guess is that you would be interested. We are all strapped for time these days. As a pastor, it probably seems like your time is a little more finite than…

13 Apr 2017

10 Simple Steps to Ensure Legal Ordination

Raul Rivera

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become ordained? If you have, then you are not the only one. When you do a Google search for “what does it take to become ordained,” you will find more than 100 million search results. While there is much good information online for the topic of ordination, there is also a lot of misinformation on…

09 Apr 2017

What Makes a Pastor Steal Church Money?

Raul Rivera

Have you ever asked yourself why some pastors steal church money? It is easy to jump to a quick conclusion and assume that it is because of greed. Yet, if we are willing to take a closer look, we soon realize that it goes much deeper than greed. After all, why would a pastor go against what he/she teaches to be true and then try to hide…

02 Apr 2017

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Easter Service

Raul Rivera

The biggest Sunday of the year for churches across the world is right around the corner. I am sure you are aware of what Sunday I am talking about. Regardless, I will go ahead and state the obvious, “It is Easter Sunday.” For churches, Easter is the biggest Sunday of the year for a couple of reasons. The first reason being that it is…

16 Mar 2017

7 Big Mistakes Ministers Make with Their Taxes

Trey Lewis

It most likely comes as no surprise that taxes can be daunting. Since the process, and even the idea, of doing our taxes is daunting, we typically pay someone else to do them for us. Taxes can especially be intimidating for ministers because if churches do not properly handle the ministers’ compensation and taxes, then ministers can end up paying…

09 Mar 2017

5 Common Myths Surrounding Ministers' Taxes

Trey Lewis

Have you seen any of the recent H&R Block™ tax commercials with actor Jon Hamm on television? They are actually quite clever and entertaining. There is one particular commercial that stands out to me.  In the commercial, Jon Hamm is on a Hollywood set standing in front of a snack table. He illustrates the different ways in which…

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