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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: Federal Laws

11 Apr 2017

Can Donations from a Bankrupt Donor Cost Your Church?

Trey Lewis

As I was speaking at one of our conferences recently, I was reminded, again, how much pastors and ministry leaders rely upon tithes and offerings to fund the vision God has placed in their hearts. Every gift, donation, and penny given allows a church or ministry to operate and fulfill its God-ordained purpose. However, as I speak with pastors and…

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…

06 Apr 2017

How Protect Your Church from an IRS Audit

Raul Rivera

For the past 6 years, Michelle has faithfully served as her church’s secretary. She has been a member of her church for the past 8 years, and between being a member and the secretary, Michelle has seen a lot of the good her church does. However, because of her position as secretary, Michelle has also seen some of her church’s “backside.”…

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…

28 Mar 2017

What Ministries Should Know About IRS Form 990

Raul Rivera

After attending one of our conferences, Pastor Jacob’s church had established a separate nonprofit daycare in 2014 that was now flourishing and serving 30 children. The daycare recently made $170,000 in income, which was enough to provide a few raises and to upgrade the educational materials. Though the daycare was prospering, the staff…

16 Mar 2017

7 Big Mistakes Ministers Make with Their Taxes

Trey Lewis

It most likely comes as no surprise that taxes can be daunting. Since the process, and even the idea, of doing our taxes is daunting, we typically pay someone else to do them for us. Taxes can especially be intimidating for ministers because if churches do not properly handle the ministers’ compensation and taxes, then ministers can end up paying…

12 Mar 2017

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Changes Its Tax Status

Raul Rivera

Recently, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) confirmed that the IRS approved the reclassification of its tax-exempt status from a traditional, religious nonprofit status to that of a church.  In this classification transition, the BGEA is not claiming that it operates as a “church” in the traditional sense of the word,…

09 Mar 2017

5 Common Myths Surrounding Ministers' Taxes

Trey Lewis

Have you seen any of the recent H&R Block™ tax commercials with actor Jon Hamm on television? They are actually quite clever and entertaining. There is one particular commercial that stands out to me.  In the commercial, Jon Hamm is on a Hollywood set standing in front of a snack table. He illustrates the different ways in which…

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