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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

15 May 2018

What Makes a Pastor Steal Church Money?

Raul Rivera

When you hear a story of a pastor who stole church money, do you find yourself wondering, “How could that happen?” or “What makes a pastor steal from his own church?” It is easy to jump to conclusions and assume it is because of greed. Yet, if we are willing to take a closer look, we soon realize that the root cause goes much…

08 May 2018

3 Common Myths of the Housing Allowance

Raul Rivera

The minister’s housing allowance is perhaps the best tax benefit afforded to pastors; however, it is also one of the most misunderstood tax benefits. The logical approach to helping one better understand the minister’s housing allowance is to start by explaining what the housing allowance is. However, with this blog I want to take a different…

03 May 2018

Pastor, You Can't Say That

Raul Rivera

I want to share with you an area that pastors rarely consider when it comes to speaking from the pulpit. For instance, have you ever given thought to defamation?  By definition, defamation is classified as anything you say or write about another person that is found to be false, or that injures the other person. The definition sounds simple,…

01 May 2018

How Your Church Can Honor Moms on Mother's Day

Raul Rivera

Every year there are certain Sundays that some refer to as “big” Sundays. These are the Sundays, such as Easter Sunday, when many people who may not be regular congregants decide to attend church. What makes these Sundays so “big” is the evangelistic opportunity that churches have on newcomers. Mother’s Day is one of…

26 Apr 2018

How to Build Credit for Your Church

Raul Rivera

When starting a church there are many things that a church planter must consider. In the first few months a church planter or new pastor will typically spend most of his/her time figuring out the logistics of actually operating a church. And then, a few months into the church plant or shortly after the church has officially started, a pastor will wonder,…

24 Apr 2018

How to Start a Children's Ministry

Raul Rivera

If you have ever planted a church or have ever been a part of a church planting team, then you know well enough that starting a church is no easy task. Deciding where you will meet, when you will meet, how you will reach and impact your community, all while working to build the core team to make all of this happen takes a lot time, energy, and effort. In…

29 Mar 2018

Can Churches Give Bonuses to Pastors?

Raul Rivera

To the average churchgoer and to one looking in from the outside, the pastorate may appear to be one of glamor. Typically, these individuals only see what pastors do on Sunday mornings. However, pastors, and those who work closely with pastors, know that the responsibility of being a pastor is far from glamorous. Pastors often work long hours that…

15 Mar 2018

5 Common Myths Surrounding Ministers' Taxes

Raul Rivera

If you had the choice of getting a tax refund or owing taxes, which would you choose? It’s really a no-brainer. Of course you would choose to receive a tax refund. While there are many factors that influence whether you get a tax refund or owe taxes, what if I told you that you have more control of your tax outcome than you may realize. The…

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