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. After reading each blog, feel free to leave a comment if you think it may benefit others. 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 tag: Church Law

19 Jan 2017

Why Bylaws Are Important, And How to Make Yours Better

Raul Rivera

John and Sheila realized that starting a church was not for the faint of heart. That is why when they decided that it was time to begin their ministry, they were fully prepared for the tasks of planning services, counseling members, and seeking God daily to know the best direction for their church. However, they never considered what it would…

15 Jan 2017

Three Common Mistakes Made When Launching a Church

Raul Rivera

Pastor Zack had been a youth pastor for many years prior to planting a church. As the current lead pastor, he was doing a great job attracting new members and preaching relevant messages to a diverse congregation. However, he had very little experience with the legal side of establishing a church, and several months ago, he called our office with a…

10 Jan 2017

7 Things You Need to Know About Donor Giving Receipts

Raul Rivera

Lindsey, the church administrator, was exhausted. She had spent the past month sifting through envelopes, check ledgers, and scraps of papers from the offering basket trying to make sense of the church donations. The church never developed detailed receipts for every donation that it received. Instead, the church thought that it only needed to keep…

08 Jan 2017

3 Compliance Pitfalls for Your Ministry to Avoid

Raul Rivera

“How did we get here?” was a question that Pastor Tom, the senior pastor of a growing church, found himself struggling to answer.  Pastor Tom was unprepared for a terrible turn of events in his church. To the shock of the church leaders and board of directors, they learned that a longtime church member had been stealing money from…

29 Dec 2016

StartCHURCH's 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Raul Rivera

How many of our 115+ blog posts published in 2016 did you read? My guess is that there are just a handful of individuals who 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. That is why we always conclude the year with our 10 most popular blog…

08 Dec 2016

What Should a Church Do When the Pastor Leaves?

Raul Rivera

After 20 years of faithful service, the time had come for Pastor Marcus to step down as the lead pastor of Redeemer Church. He felt that the Lord was calling him to new beginnings with a church plant in a neighboring state. Although his departure was no surprise to the board of directors, they were not ready to hire a new lead pastor. Pastor Marcus…

06 Dec 2016

How to Create a Healthy Church Budget

Raul Rivera

As we rapidly approach the end of the year, we are filled with the hope that a new year brings. Most likely you have taken time to reflect upon how God has blessed and used your ministry in 2016 to impact the lives of others. During this time of year, it is easy to shift gears to neutral and coast into the next year. However, before doing so, there…

29 Nov 2016

Do You Know How to Take Board Meeting Minutes?

Raul Rivera

As the newly appointed secretary of his church board, Jaime knew that he was going to implement changes to the method of recording board meetings in the church. However, he was not prepared for what he found when he searched through the church records. Jamie was shocked that he could not find any board meeting “minutes” for the board meetings…

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