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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!

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20 Feb 2018

How Should Churches Respond to Sexual Harassment?

Raul Rivera

In recent months numerous sexual harassment allegations have surfaced across multiple industries - politics, entertainment, universities, and news networks just to name a few. The brave actions of a few helped spawn the #MeToo movement and in turn encouraged an unprecedented number of victims to step forward and share their stories. It is times like…

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,…

21 Dec 2017

How to Make the Dreams for Your Church Reality

Raul Rivera

Pastors are dreamers.  You cannot help it. It is as if dreaming is a part of your DNA. This is one of the reasons why I love talking with pastors. At StartCHURCH, we want to hear about the dreams and visions you have for your church and ministry. We want to hear what God is doing through you and your ministry. But one of the most common themes…

14 Nov 2017

What Churches Need to Know About DACA

Raul Rivera

Those who are current on recent news may have heard of the recent political conversations regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).   The decision to rescind DACA will affect approximately 800,000 youth and young adults in America. Those affected by DACA are from varied walks of life. You may be surprised to learn that…

09 Nov 2017

10 Do's and Don'ts of Pastoral Sermons

Raul Rivera

When it comes to using someone else’s sermon for inspiration or when borrowing someone else’s material to drive home a certain point in your sermon, when does it become plagiarism?  In a recent Church Leaders article*, James Emery White mentioned that a pastor of a large church had lost his job when a church member heard a talk on…

24 Oct 2017

What to do When it is Time for Your Church to Build

Raul Rivera

In a previous article, we addressed knowing when it is the right time for your church to build. Although we acknowledged that there is no surefire way of knowing exactly when the right time is, other than hearing directly from God, we did present three things to consider that will help you to be more confident in knowing when it is the right time for…

17 Oct 2017

When is the Right Time for Your Church to Build?

Raul Rivera

If it has not happened to you already, there will come a time when your church will need to build because of its growth in attendance. Many church growth experts believe that when a church grows to 70-80% of its current capacity, it will not sustain any more growth without plans of an expansion.  During this time, many pastors begin asking themselves,…

12 Sep 2017

How to Send Volunteers to Help With Relief Efforts

Raul Rivera

When a tragic event occurs, there is often an immense desire from those who were not directly affected to help the victims. Most recently we have seen an outpouring of people and organizations all across the country come to the aid of those whose lives have been upended by Hurricane Harvey.  Many churches and ministries in my community are collecting…

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