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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: Spiritual

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…

09 Apr 2017

What Makes a Pastor Steal Church Money?

Raul Rivera

Have you ever asked yourself why some pastors steal church money? It is easy to jump to a quick conclusion and assume that it is because of greed. Yet, if we are willing to take a closer look, we soon realize that it goes much deeper than greed. After all, why would a pastor go against what he/she teaches to be true and then try to hide…

02 Apr 2017

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Easter Service

Raul Rivera

The biggest Sunday of the year for churches across the world is right around the corner. I am sure you are aware of what Sunday I am talking about. Regardless, I will go ahead and state the obvious, “It is Easter Sunday.” For churches, Easter is the biggest Sunday of the year for a couple of reasons. The first reason being that it is…

30 Mar 2017

IRS Wants Cut of Volunteer Rewards

Raul Rivera

During the week after the Easter service, Pastor Rick and his board of directors gathered to evaluate the success of their church’s Easter outreach efforts. The church started about 18 months ago with an average attendance of 85 people. They were pleased and surprised when the attendance on Easter Sunday nearly doubled. So many lives were changed…

26 Mar 2017

How to Protect Your Church Offering from Embezzlement

Raul Rivera

The sound of Bishop Jamal’s voice over the phone was heartbreaking as he reported the embezzlement crime to the local police. Only days before, the church announced that the fundraising for its building campaign had successfully raised $500,000 to construct the church’s new sanctuary and children’s wing. The church was going to…

02 Mar 2017

Why Some Pastors Compromise Their Sermons

Raul Rivera

It was 30 minutes before service started, and Pastor Morris sat at his desk with his sermon in one hand and the church’s account statement in the other. Although the church’s account was not “in the red”, it was awfully close to it. In order to stay on top, the church would need to bring in a healthy sized offering that morning.  As…

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…

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