The StartCHURCH Blog

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 Feb 2017

Help! My Church is a Mess

Raul Rivera

Every day, pastors and church leaders across the country come to the conclusion that the administrative and business sides of their church are a mess. Take Jordan for instance. He recently took over the 22-year-old church his father started in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The church initially started in the basement of their home when Jordan was 9…

02 Feb 2017

Is Your Church Super Bowl® Party Legal?

Raul Rivera

One of the largest outreach events for churches across the country happens to fall on arguably the largest Sunday of the year (at least for avid sports fans) - you guessed it - Super Bowl® Sunday.  Many churches will open their doors to church members, community members and their family and friends to watch the big game. This is an opportunity…

26 Jan 2017

Tither Denied Deduction Because Church was not 501(c)(3)

Raul Rivera

In the case of Taylor v. Commissioner, Mr. Taylor was informed that his tax deductions were denied by the IRS, despite his legal counsel explaining that a church did not need 501(c)(3) status in order for him to get a tax write-off. He had given $8,647.00 to his church, only to discover later that these donations were not tax deductible. He felt that…

18 Jan 2017

2017 Tax Calendar for Churches and Ministries

Raul Rivera

Every year in January, our office receives tons of phone calls from pastors and church leaders, just like you, asking about various tax forms and what needs to be filed in January.  To that effect, we have put together a tax calendar to educate and guide you throughout 2017. This calendar is specific for churches and ministries. We hope that this…

17 Jan 2017

10 Tax Forms You Need to Know About

Raul Rivera

Now that the new year is in full swing, tax forms should be moving to the forefront of your mind. Each year, churches and ministries are required to fill out certain tax forms in order to maintain IRS compliance. However, many churches, pastors, and church administrators are simply unaware of them all.  To help you, I have compiled a…

12 Jan 2017

Important Tax Updates & Developments You Need to Know About for 2017

Raul Rivera

Year in and year out the IRS and other government agencies make tax-related changes, updates, and developments that affect churches. As a pastor, your time is spent studying, praying, and counseling while also leading and raising a family, and to ask you to keep up with new tax updates pertaining to you as a minister and your ministry is almost impossible…

29 Dec 2016

StartCHURCH's 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Raul Rivera

How many of our 115+ blog posts published in 2016 did you read? My guess is that there are just a handful of individuals who 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. That is why we always conclude the year with our 10 most popular blog…

22 Dec 2016

What Your Church Needs to Know About Copyright Infringement

Raul Rivera

Imagine for a moment that it is Sunday morning and the church sanctuary is full of congregants eagerly anticipating the start of worship. As the service kicks off, the worship team begins with a song that was recently recorded and released by a popular Christian artist. The congregation actively participates in the worship service. The words to the…

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