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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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22 Jun 2017

How Your Church Can Better Serve Your Community

Raul Rivera

While I was pastoring, my wife and I had a vision for our church to host the biggest back-to-school bash our community had ever seen. This was a daunting task for our small congregation at the time. We wanted to host an event where every child in our community would receive a backpack full of school supplies before the start of school. The only problem…

08 Jun 2017

How to Legally Help the Poor

Raul Rivera

As Pastor James was on his way home from Sunday morning service, he noticed a gentleman holding a sign at a traffic light. Without having to read the sign Pastor James could tell that life had not been fair to the man. The man’s clothes, hair and demeanor told his story. While sitting at the traffic light, Pastor James’ heart went out to…

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…

25 May 2017

How to Prepare Your Church for Summer

Raul Rivera

For many, summertime is a favorite time of the year. The kids are out of school, family vacations are underway, and BBQs happen almost every weekend with family or friends. Work may continue to be the same, but there is usually some time off to anticipate with excitement. As a pastor, however, the summer season can be a trying time for a number of…

11 May 2017

5 Steps to an Energized Pastor

Raul Rivera

For the past year or so, Pastor Kevin had become used to getting to the church early on Sunday mornings to open up the building, put on a pot or two of coffee, and greet those who walked through the doors of the church.  Pastor Kevin was also the last one to leave so he could lock up. During the week, he would take care of any maintenance issues…

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…

18 Apr 2017

The Best Way to Remain Connected with Your Congregation

Raul Rivera

If I told you there is a way that you can stay connected with your congregation during the week without requiring your physical presence, would you be interested in hearing what I have to say? My guess is that you would be interested. We are all strapped for time these days. As a pastor, it probably seems like your time is a little more finite than…

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…

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