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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

17 Aug 2017

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

Raul Rivera

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 to make purchases for the church.  Howard was informed that he could also use the church credit card when he was traveling for ministry purposes and needed to fill-up his gas tank. Moreover, if…

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…

15 Jun 2017

When Does a Board Member's Resignation Become Effective?

Raul Rivera

We recently received an email from a long time reader who asked, “When does a board member’s resignation become effective?” For privacy purposes we will call him “Bob.” Bob’s question spawned from a previous blog that addressed board member liability and how board members can reduce the risk of personal liability. In…

06 Jun 2017

Are Board Members Liable for Church Actions?

Raul Rivera

Matt is a church planter in Missouri. He recently heard about us from a pastor friend who attended one of our conferences. Matt decided to give us a call since he is planning to launch his church this fall. He called asking questions about what it would mean for his church to get incorporated by applying for official 501(c)(3) recognition, and he asked…

19 Mar 2017

3 Positions Every Church Board Must Fill

Raul Rivera

When pastors begin planning for the launch of a new church, they often think of the various people who will join their launch team. The pastors consider who will be on staff and who will be congregational volunteers. Pastors go to great lengths to ensure these people are positioned when the new church begins. But what about the church board? Are there…

23 Feb 2017

Why It's Important for Churches to Have a Plan of Succession

Raul Rivera

After his mother’s passing in October 2010, Pastor Joel R. Peebles, Sr., succeeded her and became the new church pastor. Since his succession, tension had been mounting between Pastor Joel and the board of elders. A year and a half later, the conflict had escalated. In April of 2012, Pastor Joel arrived to Wednesday Bible study (as always)…

21 Feb 2017

How To Change Your Church Name

Raul Rivera

Darrell is the senior pastor of a large, well-established church outside of Chicago. The church was created in the late 1930s, so to say the church was “set in its ways” would be an understatement.  After serving as the senior pastor for two years, Darrell sensed the Lord wanting to take the church in a new direction. This excited…

05 Jan 2017

How to Conduct a Better Board Meeting, Part 1

Raul Rivera

With each new year there always seems to be an overwhelming sense of hope. There is hope in what the new year will bring, and hope that the new year will be better than the last one. As a pastor, you likely have big hopes and dreams for your church in 2017. You have plans in place that are intended to help your church grow and reach more people. You…

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