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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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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…

10 Aug 2017

Late Pastor's Widow Arrested During Service

Raul Rivera

Earlier this year, the late Bishop Benjamin Gibert of Detroit World Outreach (DWO) unexpectedly passed away due to a heart attack. Unfortunately, there has been little time to mourn his passing due to an ongoing feud between the board of elders of DWO and the late bishop’s widow, Dr. Charisse Gibert. The feud between the two parties involves…

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…

25 Jul 2017

IRS Challenges Reimbursements

Raul Rivera

If I asked you to tell me the difference between accountable and nonaccountable reimbursements, would you be able to? I imagine some of you would and some of you would not. I also imagine that some of you would respond by asking me, “Why does it even matter?”  This is a good question, and I will attempt to explain.  Before I…

13 Jul 2017

5 Steps to Help You Master Church Payroll

Raul Rivera

Payroll can be a daunting task for many churches and ministries. One of the main reasons this is true is because of how ministers are treated for tax purposes.  Ministers have what is known as a “dual-tax status,” which means they are both employed and self-employed for tax purposes. For this reason, church payroll cannot be done in…

15 Jun 2017

When Does a Board Member's Resignation Become Effective?

Raul Rivera

We recently received an email from a long time reader who asked, “When does a board member’s resignation become effective?” For privacy purposes we will call him “Bob.” Bob’s question spawned from a previous blog that addressed board member liability and how board members can reduce the risk of personal liability. In…

13 Jun 2017

Do You Know How to Pay Guest Speakers?

Trey Lewis

It had been a wonderful night of ministry at Crosspoint Church of God. This particular night was the culmination of a four-night revival; marriages were mended, addictive habits broken, and souls were saved. As Pastor Dan, of Crosspoint Church of God, sat on the front row thanking God for his everlasting mercy and grace, and for the lives that were…

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