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. After reading each blog, feel free to leave a comment if you think it may benefit others. 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

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…

01 Dec 2016

Federal Judge Puts New Overtime Rules on Hold

Raul Rivera

Over the summer, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced new overtime regulations that would go into effect this year. As of today, December 1, 2016, all employers must adhere to the new rules. However, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the new overtime rules from taking place today. This indefinite postponement will…

29 Nov 2016

Do You Know How to Take Board Meeting Minutes?

Raul Rivera

As the newly appointed secretary of his church board, Jaime knew that he was going to implement changes to the method of recording board meetings in the church. However, he was not prepared for what he found when he searched through the church records. Jamie was shocked that he could not find any board meeting “minutes” for the board meetings…

22 Nov 2016

3 Things Every Minister Should Know About Housing Allowance

Raul Rivera

The minister’s housing allowance is one of the best tax benefits among pastors; however, it is also one of the most misunderstood! This blog is intended to clarify what the housing allowance is and explain how to properly establish the allowance so that it works in your favor. In order to do that, we must first address some misconceptions of…

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