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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!

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25 Apr 2017

One Form Missing, Ministry Owes $1,000s

Raul Rivera

What would you do if you were told that your ministry could potentially owe thousands of dollars in penalties and fines before you actually applied for its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status? Moreover, to make it worse, it was because of a simple misunderstanding on your end that could have been avoided.  Some of you can imagine the panic and disbelief…

23 Apr 2017

CPA's Advice Cost Church

Raul Rivera

I met a pastor in San Diego, California a few years back at one of our conferences. He was attending the conference along with his church administrator. Upon learning that their church’s payroll might not have been done correctly, they approached me and asked if I would be willing to take a closer look at it. After I had a brief understanding…

13 Apr 2017

10 Simple Steps to Ensure Legal Ordination

Raul Rivera

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become ordained? If you have, then you are not the only one. When you do a Google search for “what does it take to become ordained,” you will find more than 100 million search results. While there is much good information online for the topic of ordination, there is also a lot of misinformation on…

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.”…

28 Mar 2017

What Ministries Should Know About IRS Form 990

Raul Rivera

After attending one of our conferences, Pastor Jacob’s church had established a separate nonprofit daycare in 2014 that was now flourishing and serving 30 children. The daycare recently made $170,000 in income, which was enough to provide a few raises and to upgrade the educational materials. Though the daycare was prospering, the staff…

23 Mar 2017

Can Churches Share Their Tax-Exempt Status? Part 2

Raul Rivera

In Part 1, we talked about the concept of putting other ministries under the “umbrella” of your church. Although it is a pleasant concept, the idea of a “church umbrella” does not capture the correct way to establish new branches of your ministry. What if your church is called to help plant other churches? Or, what if your church…

16 Mar 2017

7 Big Mistakes Ministers Make with Their Taxes

Trey Lewis

It most likely comes as no surprise that taxes can be daunting. Since the process, and even the idea, of doing our taxes is daunting, we typically pay someone else to do them for us. Taxes can especially be intimidating for ministers because if churches do not properly handle the ministers’ compensation and taxes, then ministers can end up paying…

14 Mar 2017

How to Legally Operate Your Ministry in Another State

Raul Rivera

It had been nearly 8 years since Pastor Michael started his church in Memphis, Tennessee. The years had gone fairly smooth for him and the church (not to say that they did not experience any bumps in the road). The church had experienced growth, and lives were changed in the process. Pastor Michael was now looking to expand and open a second location…

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