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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

17 Aug 2017

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

Raul Rivera

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 to make purchases for the church.  Howard was informed that he could also use the church credit card when he was traveling for ministry purposes and needed to fill-up his gas tank. Moreover, if…

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…

08 Aug 2017

The Missing Ingredients in Starting a Church

Nathan Camp

My wife is Greek and one of her favorite things to do is cook. Recently, she was trying to cook a special Greek bread. She spent hours measuring and mixing the ingredients, working the dough, letting it rise, and checking on it every few minutes.  Finally, she put the dough into the pan, placed it in the oven, set the timer, and waited.  My…

01 Aug 2017

The Do's and Don'ts of Counting Church Money

Raul Rivera

Daniel could not believe how far he had come since he first entered the ministry 20 years ago. As a young man fresh out of bible college, he was ready to take on the world. He was fired up and passionate about helping the needy and seeing lives change for all eternity. However, as well trained as he was to preach the gospel as a minister in his early…

06 Jul 2017

The Dangers of Copy and Paste

Raul Rivera

After receiving a confirming word from a visiting minister, Kyle knew the time for him to start a church had finally arrived. A week later, Kyle excitedly met with his pastor who agreed that it was God's call that Kyle be commissioned to the ministry.  Six months later on a Sunday morning, his pastor laid hands on him in the presence of the…

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…

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