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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: Board Meetings

04 Jan 2018

URGENT: "Oh no! We have no minutes!"

Raul Rivera

At the beginning of each year, almost all churches and ministries are preparing for their legally-required annual board meeting. This meeting is where much of the business and vision of the church is approved and put into action. A critical component of that meeting is reviewing your church’s prior board meeting minutes.  The truth is, churches…

02 Jan 2018

5 Questions Every Ministry Should Ask to Start 2018

Raul Rivera

The beginning of each new year is a time to look forward to the opportunities that lay ahead. It is a time to leave behind what we wish we would have accomplished the previous year and optimistically look ahead at what we will accomplish. With each new year comes a renewed sense of hope for something more, something bigger, and something better for…

28 Dec 2017

Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

Raul Rivera

Did you know that in 2017 we published more than 120 blog posts? My guess is only a small handful of you were actually able to read each and every blog post. I get that - as a pastor your attention is constantly being pulled in a thousand different directions, and your time is valuable. For this reason, we always conclude the year with a list of our…

19 Dec 2017

How to Simplify All of Your Church's Filing Requirements

Raul Rivera

Early one morning, Pastor Ronnie was sitting at his desk making a “to-do” list of everything he needed to complete on behalf of the church before the end of the year.  He was also beginning to plan for tasks that his church would need to address during the new year. Pastor Ronnie thought he had everything in order.  When his…

14 Dec 2017

Do You Know How to Take Board Meeting Minutes?

Raul Rivera

As the newly appointed secretary of his church board, Doug knew he was going to implement changes to the method of recording board meetings in the church. He was not, however, prepared for what he found when he searched through the church records. Doug was shocked that he could not find any formal records of board meetings that had taken place over…

07 Dec 2017

The "Biggest" Board Meeting

Raul Rivera

It was the end of a great year of ministry and Pastor Johnson was excited about his upcoming board meeting. His excitement surrounded his announcements of all that God had done this year, and about his new vision for the coming year.  He knew that God had surely blessed them, and while the new actions he wanted the church take to reach the city…

28 Nov 2017

3 Things Every Minister Should Know About Housing Allowance

Raul Rivera

The minister’s housing allowance is perhaps the best tax benefit among pastors; however, it is also one of the most misunderstood! This blog is intended to clarify what the housing allowance is and explain how to properly establish your housing allowance so that it works in your favor. In order to do that, you must first understand what the housing…

17 Aug 2017

How Pastors Misuse Church Credit Cards & What To Do About It

Raul Rivera

Understanding how to properly use a church credit card is imperative if pastors and church leaders wish to maintain financial accountability, stewardship, and integrity. Consider the following story. A few weeks after being hired as the new senior pastor, Howard was given a church credit card. He was told the credit card was for times when he needed…

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