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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

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…

27 Jul 2017

Appeals Court Sides with Christian T-Shirt Company

Raul Rivera

In recent weeks, the United States Supreme Court announced that next term (October 2017) it will hear the case involving Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Colorado bakery that refused the business of a gay couple in 2012. The question that many are asking is, “Do for-profit corporations have the same religious protections as churches and religious nonprofit…

06 Jul 2017

The Dangers of Copy and Paste

Raul Rivera

After receiving a confirming word from a visiting minister, Kyle knew the time for him to start a church had finally arrived. A week later, Kyle excitedly met with his pastor who agreed that it was God's call that Kyle be commissioned to the ministry.  Six months later on a Sunday morning, his pastor laid hands on him in the presence of the…

04 Jul 2017

3 Questions Pastors Are Asking About Health Care

Trey Lewis

“The whole healthcare system is messed up. It is so complex and confusing that we are not sure where to begin.” This was the beginning of a conversation I had with a pastor at one of our recent Ultimate Church Structure Conferences. Like many other pastors and ministry leaders, this pastor was frustrated and in need of a little guidance. I…

27 Jun 2017

How to Better Protect Your Ministry's Religious Liberties

Trey Lewis

June 26, 2017, marked two-years since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. So, what is new? Has anything really changed that you need to know about since the Supreme Court’s ruling?  Some are quick to answer “yes” and others may be quick to answer “no.” Of course, it will depend on who you ask.  The…

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…

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