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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: State Compliance

11 Jul 2017

How to Protect Your Church Name

Raul Rivera

The night Alex answered God’s call to start a church, he had a dream.  In this dream there were two cliffs; Alex was standing on one cliff and a large group of faceless people were standing on the other cliff. Although the people in his dream were faceless, Alex felt a closeness to each of them. The distance between the two cliffs was about…

04 Apr 2017

Approved by IRS, Revoked by State

Raul Rivera

How familiar are you with your church’s or ministry’s yearly state filing requirements? Is it something that you keep meaning to get around to, but never actually do?  I am not asking to make you feel bad, because I understand where you are. You get busy with the ministerial and spiritual side of leading a church or ministry, and…

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 was…

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