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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 tag: Church Law

30 May 2017

Could Hearing a Confession Cost You $10,000?

Raul Rivera

As a pastor or ministry leader, are you familiar with your state’s laws concerning your responsibility as a mandated reporter? How about the relationship between your state’s mandatory reporting laws and the clergy-penitent privilege? If not, then these are things that you will want to research after reading this story. All 50 states have…

18 May 2017

Does a Church Need to be 501(c)(3) Approved?

Raul Rivera

Every so often, I get the question, “If we are a church, why do we need to apply for 501(c)(3) status?”  This is not a totally uncommon question. Over 10 million search results appear when you Google, “Do churches need to apply for 501(c)(3) status?” It seems many pastors and church leaders are asking the same question.…

04 May 2017

But I Told You That in Confidence!

Raul Rivera

Last month, Pastor Jason’s mentor (Rick) celebrated his last Sunday as pastor of the church that Jason is now leading. There were many tears and well wishes, but the church understood that it was time for Rick to move forward.  During the service, Jason, along with several others, shared how Rick had affected each of their lives for the…

13 Apr 2017

10 Simple Steps to Ensure Legal Ordination

Raul Rivera

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become ordained? If you have, then you are not the only one. When you do a Google search for “what does it take to become ordained,” you will find more than 100 million search results. While there is much good information online for the topic of ordination, there is also a lot of misinformation on…

09 Apr 2017

What Makes a Pastor Steal Church Money?

Raul Rivera

Have you ever asked yourself why some pastors steal church money? It is easy to jump to a quick conclusion and assume that it is because of greed. Yet, if we are willing to take a closer look, we soon realize that it goes much deeper than greed. After all, why would a pastor go against what he/she teaches to be true and then try to hide…

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…

30 Mar 2017

IRS Wants Cut of Volunteer Rewards

Raul Rivera

During the week after the Easter service, Pastor Rick and his board of directors gathered to evaluate the success of their church’s Easter outreach efforts. The church started about 18 months ago with an average attendance of 85 people. They were pleased and surprised when the attendance on Easter Sunday nearly doubled. So many lives were changed…

26 Mar 2017

How to Protect Your Church Offering from Embezzlement

Raul Rivera

The sound of Bishop Jamal’s voice over the phone was heartbreaking as he reported the embezzlement crime to the local police. Only days before, the church announced that the fundraising for its building campaign had successfully raised $500,000 to construct the church’s new sanctuary and children’s wing. The church was going to…

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