The StartCHURCH Blog

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!

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28 Feb 2017

5 Ways for Pastors to Prevent Burnout

Raul Rivera

Pastor Dave sat at his desk thinking about what he would eat for dinner once the clock finally struck 5:00 p.m. His daydream of spaghetti was interrupted by a loud “ring, ring!” from his phone. “This is Pastor Dave,” he answered. “Hi Pastor. This is Carol Shirley.” “Wonderful to hear from you, Carol! How…

21 Feb 2017

How To Change Your Church Name

Raul Rivera

Darrell is the senior pastor of a large, well-established church outside of Chicago. The church was created in the late 1930s, so to say the church was “set in its ways” would be an understatement.  After serving as the senior pastor for two years, Darrell sensed the Lord wanting to take the church in a new direction. This excited…

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…

16 Feb 2017

Lawsuit Claims Church Ordained Wrong Person

Raul Rivera

In January of 2014, the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) was found liable for the actions of one of its church-planting pastors, and it was ordered to pay 12.5 million dollars to the plaintiff.  Here is the history behind the case.  In 2005, one of the pastors from an FBC affiliated church engaged in molestation acts against a 13-year-old…

14 Feb 2017

5 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for Ministry

Raul Rivera

What do you love about being a pastor? Suppose that you can give only one answer. This is not intended to be a trick question, and there is not one answer that is better than another answer. How would you respond? I ask you this question because it can be simple to forget why you went into ministry in the first place. It can also be easy to forget…

12 Feb 2017

Do You Really Know What is in Your Bylaws?

Raul Rivera

Have you ever used the phrase “hindsight is 20/20”?  The phrase means that it is easy to know the right thing to do after something has happened. This saying is typically used when someone realizes, after the fact, that they could have made a better decision (e.g. a purchased car that you thought was a good deal, turns out to be a…

07 Feb 2017

Are You Sure Your Ordination is Legal?

Raul Rivera

Pastor Charles felt honored when he was asked to perform a wedding, especially since the bride and groom were his longtime childhood friends. They had all grown up together in the same Michigan town and attended the same church there. Later on, the engaged couple moved from Michigan to Ohio. They asked Pastor Charles to sign their marriage license and…

13 Dec 2016

How to Support Missions if Your Church Can't Go Overseas

Raul Rivera

It was a long process, but Pastor Mark and his church had finally sent their first missions team out of the country. There was so much joy and anticipation that he could hardly sleep. He was very excited to hear from the missions team upon its arrival, and he could not stop smiling when he finally got the call. After a couple of weeks in the foreign…

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