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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

28 Dec 2017

Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

Raul Rivera

Did you know that in 2017 we published more than 120 blog posts? My guess is only a small handful of you 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, and your time is valuable. For this reason, we always conclude the year with a list of our…

14 Dec 2017

Do You Know How to Take Board Meeting Minutes?

Raul Rivera

As the newly appointed secretary of his church board, Doug knew he was going to implement changes to the method of recording board meetings in the church. He was not, however, prepared for what he found when he searched through the church records. Doug was shocked that he could not find any formal records of board meetings that had taken place over…

30 Nov 2017

Church Rewards Volunteer; IRS Says, Pay Up!

Raul Rivera

At the beginning of the year, Pastor Keith decided he wanted to try something new. In addition to the annual banquet to honor volunteers, Pastor Keith decided to provide a quarterly gift to those who serve at least twice a month during a church function.  So far this year, 15 of the church volunteers have received a $25 gift card as a “Thank…

28 Nov 2017

3 Things Every Minister Should Know About Housing Allowance

Raul Rivera

The minister’s housing allowance is perhaps the best tax benefit among pastors; however, it is also one of the most misunderstood! This blog is intended to clarify what the housing allowance is and explain how to properly establish your housing allowance so that it works in your favor. In order to do that, you must first understand what the housing…

21 Nov 2017

The First Thing Every Church New Hire Must Do

Raul Rivera

Many churches struggle to fully understand their obligations as an employer. The multitude of responsibilities pastors face can be overwhelming. It is easy to misunderstand and forget all that is required as an employer.  While it is likely you have heard of W2s and 1099s, a lesser known and equally important document is Form I-9. Form I-9 is…

07 Sep 2017

Why It's Important to Know What Your Bylaws Say, Part 2

Raul Rivera

Aside from the Word of God, your bylaws are arguably the most important document within your church. That is why the importance of understanding your bylaws and including strategic language in them cannot be stressed enough. In Part 1, we looked at a court case* that involved Pastor Anderson, the senior pastor of West End Church of Christ. If you will…

17 Aug 2017

How Pastors Misuse Church Credit Cards & What To Do About It

Raul Rivera

Understanding how to properly use a church credit card is imperative if pastors and church leaders wish to maintain financial accountability, stewardship, and integrity. Consider the following story. A few weeks after being hired as the new senior pastor, Howard was given a church credit card. He was told the credit card was for times when he needed…

10 Aug 2017

Late Pastor's Widow Arrested During Service

Raul Rivera

Earlier this year, the late Bishop Benjamin Gibert of Detroit World Outreach (DWO) unexpectedly passed away due to a heart attack. Unfortunately, there has been little time to mourn his passing due to an ongoing feud between the board of elders of DWO and the late bishop’s widow, Dr. Charisse Gibert. The feud between the two parties involves…

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