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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

15 May 2018

What Makes a Pastor Steal Church Money?

Raul Rivera

When you hear a story of a pastor who stole church money, do you find yourself wondering, “How could that happen?” or “What makes a pastor steal from his own church?” It is easy to jump to conclusions and assume it is because of greed. Yet, if we are willing to take a closer look, we soon realize that the root cause goes much…

19 Apr 2018

Approved by IRS, Revoked by State

Raul Rivera

How familiar are you with your church 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 as a result, the…

17 Apr 2018

Do Churches Need Security Teams?

Raul Rivera

How do we keep our churches safe in a world where evil exists? After recent strings of mass shootings, including the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last fall, many pastors are asking what steps they should take to make their churches safe. The truth of the matter is that most churches do not have safety plans, much less safety…

03 Apr 2018

3 Reasons Why Your Church Should be 501(c)(3)

Raul Rivera

Is it necessary for churches to apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status? More specifically, should your church apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status? This is a question that many pastors and church leaders are asking, and this is a question that you must ask and answer for yourself and your church. Some pastors and church leaders struggle to answer…

08 Feb 2018

Are You Sure Your Ordination is Legal?

Raul Rivera

Being an ordained minister has its privileges. There is the obvious privilege of preaching and teaching the gospel that ultimately leads to lives being changed for all eternity. But there are other privileges that can only come from being legally ordained. Such privileges of legal ordination include certain tax benefits, such as a housing allowance,…

30 Jan 2018

How to Start a Church the Right Way

Raul Rivera

What does it take to start a church? That’s a question many pastors and church planters ask themselves when God calls them to do so. Oftentimes, when pastors begin planning for their church launch, they think about where they are going to hold services, who they are going to ask help them to start the church, and how they are going to market…

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…

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