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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

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…

19 Mar 2017

3 Positions Every Church Board Must Fill

Raul Rivera

When pastors begin planning for the launch of a new church, they often think of the various people who will join their launch team. The pastors consider who will be on staff and who will be congregational volunteers. Pastors go to great lengths to ensure these people are positioned when the new church begins. But what about the church board? Are there…

23 Feb 2017

Why It's Important for Churches to Have a Plan of Succession

Raul Rivera

After his mother’s passing in October 2010, Pastor Joel R. Peebles, Sr., succeeded her and became the new church pastor. Since his succession, tension had been mounting between Pastor Joel and the board of elders. A year and a half later, the conflict had escalated. In April of 2012, Pastor Joel arrived to Wednesday Bible study (as always)…

19 Feb 2017

Help! My Church is a Mess

Raul Rivera

Every day, pastors and church leaders across the country come to the conclusion that the administrative and business sides of their church are a mess. Take Jordan for instance. He recently took over the 22-year-old church his father started in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The church initially started in the basement of their home when Jordan was 9…

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