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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

15 May 2018

What Makes a Pastor Steal Church Money?

Raul Rivera

When you hear a story of a pastor who stole church money, do you find yourself wondering, “How could that happen?” or “What makes a pastor steal from his own church?” It is easy to jump to conclusions and assume it is because of greed. Yet, if we are willing to take a closer look, we soon realize that the root cause goes much…

10 May 2018

Can a Church Give Scholarships?

Raul Rivera

During this time of year, many high school and college students are preparing to graduate. This is one of the big milestones that one accomplishes and experiences in life. For high schoolers, many are preparing to go off to college, away from home and away from their parents for the first time. And for college students, many are preparing to enter…

03 May 2018

Pastor, You Can't Say That

Raul Rivera

I want to share with you an area that pastors rarely consider when it comes to speaking from the pulpit. For instance, have you ever given thought to defamation?  By definition, defamation is classified as anything you say or write about another person that is found to be false, or that injures the other person. The definition sounds simple,…

12 Apr 2018

Can the IRS Demand Church Records?

Raul Rivera

When I speak with pastors and church leaders who are skeptical about incorporating or applying for 501(c)(3) for their churches, I often hear, “If we incorporate, then we’ll become a State church.” or “If we become a 501(c)(3) church, then the IRS could come knock on our church door any time they wanted.” This leads us…

22 Mar 2018

Should Ministers Report Their Housing Allowance?

Raul Rivera

One of the most common questions we receive from pastors, church treasurers, ministry CFOs, and church administrators this time of year has to do with the minister’s housing allowance. The question I am referring to is, "Should ministers report their housing allowance on their tax return to get a deduction?” To much of one’s surprise,…

20 Mar 2018

How to Start a Ministry

Raul Rivera

When the Lord lays it on your heart to begin a ministry, it is common to start thinking about the spiritual and logistical sides of establishing a ministry. You may begin to ask yourself questions such as, “What type of ministry will I start?” “Where will we start?” “Who will be involved?” “How will we receive…

15 Mar 2018

5 Common Myths Surrounding Ministers' Taxes

Raul Rivera

If you had the choice of getting a tax refund or owing taxes, which would you choose? It’s really a no-brainer. Of course you would choose to receive a tax refund. While there are many factors that influence whether you get a tax refund or owe taxes, what if I told you that you have more control of your tax outcome than you may realize. The…

13 Mar 2018

The Most Penalized Form for Ministries

Raul Rivera

Every year we talk with more than 1,000 leaders who are starting and leading ministries all across America. Many are stepping out in faith and bringing their visions to pass. While we are helping these ministry leaders in establishing a solid legal foundation for their ministries, we also point out the requirements that various governmental departments…

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