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. 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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26 Feb 2017

Church's Records Get Pastor in Hot Water

Raul Rivera

Late one afternoon, a distraught Pastor Chris called our office fearing that he may lose his church. He proceeded to recount the events of the past week that led to his frantic call.  A lawyer came to his church office early one morning demanding to see the church’s financial and administrative records and threatened legal action if the…

23 Feb 2017

Why It's Important for Churches to Have a Plan of Succession

Raul Rivera

After his mother’s passing in October 2010, Pastor Joel R. Peebles, Sr., succeeded her and became the new church pastor. Since his succession, tension had been mounting between Pastor Joel and the board of elders. A year and a half later, the conflict had escalated. In April of 2012, Pastor Joel arrived to Wednesday Bible study (as always) ready…

21 Feb 2017

How To Change Your Church Name

Raul Rivera

Darrell is the senior pastor of a large, well-established church outside of Chicago. The church was created in the late 1930s, so to say the church was “set in its ways” would be an understatement.  After serving as the senior pastor for two years, Darrell sensed the Lord wanting to take the church in a new direction. This excited…

09 Feb 2017

What Ministers Need to Know About Their Taxes

Raul Rivera

“I cannot believe I owe $5,875 on my tax return!” That is what a Florida minister told me last year. Interestingly enough, another minister from Iowa that I met at a conference last year was excited that he would be receiving a refund of $9,167. While I celebrate his refund, the sad fact is that both pastors made exactly the same amount…

07 Feb 2017

Are You Sure Your Ordination is Legal?

Raul Rivera

Pastor Charles felt honored when he was asked to perform a wedding, especially since the bride and groom were his longtime childhood friends. They had all grown up together in the same Michigan town and attended the same church there. Later on, the engaged couple moved from Michigan to Ohio. They asked Pastor Charles to sign their marriage license and…

05 Feb 2017

3 Reasons Your Church Could End Up in Court

Raul Rivera

As we continue to press forward into 2017, our hope is for our beloved country to make a turn back to God and His Word.  Unfortunately, the legislative culture continues to be hostile towards churches. Moreover, we live in a society that is litigious in nature, thus making it crucial for pastors and church leaders to strengthen the legal side…

31 Jan 2017

What Every Pastor Must Know About Publishing a Book

Raul Rivera

Have you ever thought about publishing a book? Perhaps you have thought about using some of your sermons to create a book, or you have felt led by the Lord to write and publish a book on a particular subject matter. Maybe you have considered creating educational material in order to teach and edify fellow believers.  While these are admirable…

26 Jan 2017

Tither Denied Deduction Because Church was not 501(c)(3)

Raul Rivera

In the case of Taylor v. Commissioner, Mr. Taylor was informed that his tax deductions were denied by the IRS, despite his legal counsel explaining that a church did not need 501(c)(3) status in order for him to get a tax write-off. He had given $8,647.00 to his church, only to discover later that these donations were not tax deductible. He felt that…

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