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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

19 Oct 2017

Revoked for One Missed Form

Raul Rivera

Pastor Howell’s administrative staff was in a frenzy. His church had created a nonprofit daycare in 2014. The daycare was serving 30 children; it was flourishing and made $170,000 in income that year. The income was enough to provide a few raises and to upgrade the educational materials. Though the daycare was prospering, the staff was somber…

12 Oct 2017

Can the IRS Tax Pastor Appreciation Gifts?

Raul Rivera

“Well done pastor!” The driving force behind what pastors and ministry leaders do is a higher calling from the Lord to help those who are hurting and in need of hearing the good news of the gospel. One of the most beautiful things in the month of October is how churches and ministries take time to celebrate pastor appreciation.  Many…

26 Sep 2017

Should Ministers Opt Out of Social Security?

Raul Rivera

There is a difference between being a know-it-all and being someone who is well informed.  The former is a person who behaves as if he/she knows everything, when in reality he/she does not. The latter is a person who not only has a lot of knowledge about a wide range of subjects, but he/she also possesses the capability of asking smart questions…

29 Aug 2017

How Ministers Can Prepare for Retirement

Raul Rivera

Scripture admonishes us to continue to prepare for the future. For instance, Proverbs 6:6-8 teaches us the wisdom of the ant by telling us it gathers its food in the summer to prepare for the winter months.  The truth is that many Americans have no plan to live out the latter years of life known as the “golden years.” This is especially…

24 Aug 2017

IRS Denies a $65 Million Charitable Tax Deduction

Raul Rivera

In order for your donors to claim a tax deduction for the donations they give to your church, they must properly “substantiate” their donations.The word substantiate means to provide evidence to support or prove the truth of something. So, for those who donate to your church, they must be able to “prove” the charitable deductions…

22 Aug 2017

What You Need to Know Before Supporting Missions

Raul Rivera

From the time he was a young teenager, Chris understood that the most important need in the world was for all people to come into relationship with God through Jesus Christ. He was passionate about delivering the gospel to unreached nations across the earth. Now, in his early 30s, the Lord called him to pastor a relatively young church, but he was…

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…

01 Aug 2017

The Do's and Don'ts of Counting Church Money

Raul Rivera

Daniel could not believe how far he had come since he first entered the ministry 20 years ago. As a young man fresh out of bible college, he was ready to take on the world. He was fired up and passionate about helping the needy and seeing lives change for all eternity. However, as well trained as he was to preach the gospel as a minister in his early…

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