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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

11 Jan 2018

3 Things for Churches to Make 2018 Awesome

Raul Rivera

Have you ever watched Olympic sprinters and found yourself marveling at the speed and quickness of the runners? I know I have! Although not the most important aspect of the race, having an effective start is crucial to the success of a runner during a race.  In a similar fashion, the manner in which your church starts 2018 can influence what…

28 Dec 2017

Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

Raul Rivera

Did you know that in 2017 we published more than 120 blog posts? My guess is only a small handful of you 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, and your time is valuable. For this reason, we always conclude the year with a list of our…

12 Dec 2017

3 Tax Privileges Every Pastor Should Have

Raul Rivera

Every year we have the privilege of helping hundreds of ministers file their taxes. Because of the tax benefits and privileges afforded to ordained ministers, when utilized correctly, ministers are the least taxed individuals in America. But when ministers do not correctly utilize these tax benefits and are unprepared come tax season, they can become…

07 Dec 2017

The "Biggest" Board Meeting

Raul Rivera

It was the end of a great year of ministry and Pastor Johnson was excited about his upcoming board meeting. His excitement surrounded his announcements of all that God had done this year, and about his new vision for the coming year.  He knew that God had surely blessed them, and while the new actions he wanted the church take to reach the city…

28 Nov 2017

3 Things Every Minister Should Know About Housing Allowance

Raul Rivera

The minister’s housing allowance is perhaps the best tax benefit 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 your housing allowance so that it works in your favor. In order to do that, you must first understand what the housing…

09 Nov 2017

10 Do's and Don'ts of Pastoral Sermons

Raul Rivera

When it comes to using someone else’s sermon for inspiration or when borrowing someone else’s material to drive home a certain point in your sermon, when does it become plagiarism?  In a recent Church Leaders article*, James Emery White mentioned that a pastor of a large church had lost his job when a church member heard a talk on…

17 Oct 2017

When is the Right Time for Your Church to Build?

Raul Rivera

If it has not happened to you already, there will come a time when your church will need to build because of its growth in attendance. Many church growth experts believe that when a church grows to 70-80% of its current capacity, it will not sustain any more growth without plans of an expansion.  During this time, many pastors begin asking themselves,…

12 Oct 2017

Can the IRS Tax Pastor Appreciation Gifts?

Raul Rivera

“Well done pastor!” The driving force behind what pastors and ministry leaders do is a higher calling from the Lord to help those who are hurting and in need of hearing the good news of the gospel. One of the most beautiful things in the month of October is how churches and ministries take time to celebrate pastor appreciation.  Many…

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