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: State Compliance

05 Apr 2016

Approved by IRS, Revoked by State

Raul Rivera

The day had finally come for Pastor Brad and his church. After what seemed like an eternity, Pastor Brad’s church received approval from the IRS as a tax-exempt organization. Within a few short months after planting his church, nearly three years ago in Sacramento, California, Pastor Brad realized that there were legal steps the church needed…

08 Mar 2016

Can My 501(c)(3) Move to Another State?

Raul Rivera

It had been nearly 8 years since Michael started his church in Memphis, Tennessee. Not to say that they didn’t experience any bumps in the road, but the past 8 years had gone fairly smooth for Pastor Michael and the church. The church had experienced growth, and lives were changed in the process. He was now looking to expand and open a second…

01 Feb 2012

February 12th--Sad Day for Churches in New York

Raul Rivera

The United States Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a church in Bronx, NY that was not allowed to rent a school for their Sunday worship service.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that public schools in New York are allowed to refuse rental of their facilities to churches for worship services, even though the schools…

25 Aug 2011

Pastor Dies; Leaves No Clear Line of Succession

Raul Rivera

Does your church have a succession plan for the founding pastor? If so, will it hold legal ground if it had to be enacted? Many husband and wife teams pastor the church together and desire that if either one of them passes away that the other will continue to lead the work. However, many of those plans are either expressed verbally to the board or,…

14 Jun 2011

Facts and Myths about Church and Ministry Incorporation

Raul Rivera

I received a call from very upset Mr. X. (For the sake of anonymity, let's just call him Mr. X.) He was insisting that I shut down my ministry and repent for teaching people the importance of church incorporation. He said that when a church incorporates it deposes Jesus Christ from His rightful position as Head over His own Body. I must admit, he…

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