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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

20 Jun 2017

Congress Gives New Relief to Churches

Raul Rivera

In recent weeks the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new health care legislation must now pass through the U.S. Senate before it repeals the ACA and becomes law.  While the country anxiously awaits to see how the U.S. Senate will respond to the new health…

01 Jun 2017

Are There Limits on Pastoral Lunch Expenses?

Trey Lewis

When was the last time you treated a guest speaker or another pastor to lunch? What about lunch with another staff member? Did you purchase the lunch on a church credit card? Or, did you purchase the lunch and then later receive a reimbursement from the church? These lunches are common for many pastors, and how you handle such expenses and understand…

30 May 2017

Could Hearing a Confession Cost You $10,000?

Raul Rivera

As a pastor or ministry leader, are you familiar with your state’s laws concerning your responsibility as a mandated reporter? How about the relationship between your state’s mandatory reporting laws and the clergy-penitent privilege? If not, then these are things that you will want to research after reading this story. All 50 states have…

04 May 2017

But I Told You That in Confidence!

Raul Rivera

Last month, Pastor Jason’s mentor (Rick) celebrated his last Sunday as pastor of the church that Jason is now leading. There were many tears and well wishes, but the church understood that it was time for Rick to move forward.  During the service, Jason, along with several others, shared how Rick had affected each of their lives for the…

02 May 2017

Compliant Church Equals Silent Pulpit?

Trey Lewis

As I spoke recently at one of our Ultimate Church Structure Conferences, I could feel a familiar tension in the room. When pastors began seeing the need to get legally compliant, there was a collective concern for whether a compliant church must have a silent pulpit. Many ministers are under the impression that if their church applies for 501(c)(3)…

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.”…

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