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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!

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13 Sep 2016

5 Things Your Church Needs to Know About Leases

Raul Rivera

I was surprised when I received a call from Pastor David a few weeks ago. We helped him establish his church’s legal foundation through our StartRIGHT® Program last year, and so it had been a while since we last spoke. Like many new churches, Pastor David’s church began in his living room. It started with a small group of individuals…

30 Aug 2016

How to Make the Dreams for Your Church Reality

Raul Rivera

Pastor Tom sat in the front row of his growing church waiting for the worship band to finish up so he could begin his sermon. He took a moment to look around; nearly 200 people filled their recently renovated sanctuary. As he looked around he saw people of all ages worshipping the Lord. Tom smiled faintly as tears began to well up in his eyes. For the…

02 Feb 2016

The New Year, A Time for Growth

Raul Rivera

Something was missing. Pastor Jason had felt it for a while, but he was afraid to speak about it because, well, he did not know what it was or how to fix it. Yet, he kept sensing that something was wrong; in their church services, in staff meetings, and at the recent leadership retreat. Finally, during the last morning of the church’s annual leadership…

19 Dec 2014

Don't Let Fear Keep You From Starting Your Church

Raul Rivera

Has there ever been a time in our national history when a timely word from the Lord was more needed to bring healing to many than now?  It is possible that you have been sensing a nudge from the Lord that you are the one He will use to bring that word.  I think everyone reading this article would agree with me when I say that the…

20 May 2014

Your Church Can Own a Business

Raul Rivera

  Recently a church was notified that space in a retail outparcel became available.  The owner stated that he would allow the church to rent the space at the same price as the previous tenant.  The pastor knew that now was the time to act, so he accepted the offer.  This church had for some time been looking for an opportunity…

29 Oct 2013

Why Churches Live From Offering to Offering

Raul Rivera

Most people in America live paycheck to paycheck, requiring everything that comes into their house in order to sustain them. Similarly, that unfortunate reality is reflected in most of our churches: an offering-to-offering sustenance plagues churches across this nation, with each week’s success dependent on the previous week’s offering.  This…

27 Aug 2013

A Backslidden Minister In My Church

Raul Rivera

It never crossed Pastor Nelson’s mind that he would need to revoke the ordination of one of his ministers.  During the four years of his church experience, he had created a Bible training center, from which twenty-one ministers had successfully graduated, many of whom had been sent out to start their own churches.  But for one of…

27 Jun 2013

Independence From Tithes and Offerings

Raul Rivera

Recently, a church was notified that space in a retail outparcel became available.  The owner stated that he would allow the church to rent the space at the same price as the previous tenant.  The pastor knew that now was the time to act, so he accepted the offer.  This church had for some time been looking for an opportunity…

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