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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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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,…

19 Sep 2017

6 Fundraising Ideas for Churches That Work

Raul Rivera

“I knew there was another way!” I still remember the look on one pastor’s face on a Friday morning. I had just finished teaching the segment of The Ultimate Church Structure Conference that reveals how a church can own a business.  I taught about how the day of depending solely on tithes and offerings was over, and with the…

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…

31 Aug 2017

How to Become an Ordained Minister

Trey Lewis

In ministry, there are milestones that every minister experiences. For you, maybe it was when you first heard or felt the call of the Lord on your life. Perhaps it was when you preached your first sermon or officiated your first wedding. What about the day you became ordained? That is a big milestone every minister vividly remembers. However,…

10 Aug 2017

Late Pastor's Widow Arrested During Service

Raul Rivera

Earlier this year, the late Bishop Benjamin Gibert of Detroit World Outreach (DWO) unexpectedly passed away due to a heart attack. Unfortunately, there has been little time to mourn his passing due to an ongoing feud between the board of elders of DWO and the late bishop’s widow, Dr. Charisse Gibert. The feud between the two parties involves…

08 Aug 2017

The Missing Ingredients in Starting a Church

Nathan Camp

My wife is Greek and one of her favorite things to do is cook. Recently, she was trying to cook a special Greek bread. She spent hours measuring and mixing the ingredients, working the dough, letting it rise, and checking on it every few minutes.  Finally, she put the dough into the pan, placed it in the oven, set the timer, and waited.  My…

06 Aug 2017

Is Your Church Ready for the Harvest?

Raul Rivera

The summertime can be a long and difficult season for churches. It is almost as if many churches go into survival mode. Congregants take vacations, go to the lake on the weekends, or simply become a little more lax with their church attendance. The decrease in church attendance during the summer can directly affect a church’s finances and is…

03 Aug 2017

Start a Church Without Attending Seminary

Raul Rivera

After a week of training, teaching, ministry, and healing, Pastor Ken felt ready to tackle the needs of his church with renewed faith.  He was on the road returning home from a week-long pastoral leadership and church management conference. He learned the essentials of developing leaders within his church, leading a church corporation, creating…

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