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: Pastoral Helps

28 Feb 2017

5 Ways for Pastors to Prevent Burnout

Raul Rivera

Pastor Dave sat at his desk thinking about what he would eat for dinner once the clock finally struck 5:00 p.m. His daydream of spaghetti was interrupted by a loud “ring, ring!” from his phone. “This is Pastor Dave,” he answered. “Hi Pastor. This is Carol Shirley.” “Wonderful to hear from you, Carol! How…

14 Feb 2017

5 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for Ministry

Raul Rivera

What do you love about being a pastor? Suppose that you can give only one answer. This is not intended to be a trick question, and there is not one answer that is better than another answer. How would you respond? I ask you this question because it can be simple to forget why you went into ministry in the first place. It can also be easy to forget…

09 Feb 2017

What Ministers Need to Know About Their Taxes

Raul Rivera

“I cannot believe I owe $5,875 on my tax return!” That is what a Florida minister told me last year. Interestingly enough, another minister from Iowa that I met at a conference last year was excited that he would be receiving a refund of $9,167. While I celebrate his refund, the sad fact is that both pastors made exactly the same amount…

07 Feb 2017

Are You Sure Your Ordination is Legal?

Raul Rivera

Pastor Charles felt honored when he was asked to perform a wedding, especially since the bride and groom were his longtime childhood friends. They had all grown up together in the same Michigan town and attended the same church there. Later on, the engaged couple moved from Michigan to Ohio. They asked Pastor Charles to sign their marriage license and…

31 Jan 2017

What Every Pastor Must Know About Publishing a Book

Raul Rivera

Have you ever thought about publishing a book? Perhaps you have thought about using some of your sermons to create a book, or you have felt led by the Lord to write and publish a book on a particular subject matter. Maybe you have considered creating educational material in order to teach and edify fellow believers.  While these are admirable…

29 Dec 2016

StartCHURCH's 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Raul Rivera

How many of our 115+ blog posts published in 2016 did you read? My guess is that there are just a handful of individuals who were actually able to read each and every blog post. I get that - as a pastor your attention is constantly being pulled in a thousand different directions. That is why we always conclude the year with our 10 most popular blog…

04 Dec 2016

4 Helpful Tips on Writing Better Pastoral Reference Letters

Raul Rivera

Being a pastor is a trusted and honored profession.  As a pastor, you touch many lives and have a strong impact on the people who enter through your church doors. Because of this, what you say and how you say it matters.  When you are called upon to recommend the people with whom you have worked and served, your word is taken seriously.…

22 Nov 2016

3 Things Every Minister Should Know About Housing Allowance

Raul Rivera

The minister’s housing allowance is one of the best tax benefits among pastors; however, it is also one of the most misunderstood! This blog is intended to clarify what the housing allowance is and explain how to properly establish the allowance so that it works in your favor. In order to do that, we must first address some misconceptions of…

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