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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 May 2018

Kentucky Court Delivers Blow to Church Release Forms

Raul Rivera

With the summer months quickly approaching, many churches are preparing to take short-term missions trips. Additionally, many church youth groups will be going to summer camps. While these trips are fun and serve a greater purpose, participants are still susceptible to accidents and injuries. Because accidents can happen at any moment, many churches…

10 May 2018

Can a Church Give Scholarships?

Raul Rivera

During this time of year, many high school and college students are preparing to graduate. This is one of the big milestones that one accomplishes and experiences in life. For high schoolers, many are preparing to go off to college, away from home and away from their parents for the first time. And for college students, many are preparing to enter…

08 May 2018

3 Common Myths of the Housing Allowance

Raul Rivera

The minister’s housing allowance is perhaps the best tax benefit afforded to pastors; however, it is also one of the most misunderstood tax benefits. The logical approach to helping one better understand the minister’s housing allowance is to start by explaining what the housing allowance is. However, with this blog I want to take a different…

24 Apr 2018

How to Start a Children's Ministry

Raul Rivera

If you have ever planted a church or have ever been a part of a church planting team, then you know well enough that starting a church is no easy task. Deciding where you will meet, when you will meet, how you will reach and impact your community, all while working to build the core team to make all of this happen takes a lot time, energy, and effort. In…

12 Apr 2018

Can the IRS Demand Church Records?

Raul Rivera

When I speak with pastors and church leaders who are skeptical about incorporating or applying for 501(c)(3) for their churches, I often hear, “If we incorporate, then we’ll become a State church.” or “If we become a 501(c)(3) church, then the IRS could come knock on our church door any time they wanted.” This leads us…

10 Apr 2018

6 Mistakes Made When Paying Pastors

Raul Rivera

There are many factors to consider when establishing pastoral compensation. We often speak with pastors and church leaders who have little to no experience in creating salary agreements for pastors, and they are unaware of the common pitfalls in this area. Typically what will happen is these pastors and church leaders will decide what and how to pay…

27 Mar 2018

4 Things Great Ministries Do

Raul Rivera

With the due date of Form 990 for most ministries quickly approaching, I have recently written several blogs emphasizing the importance of filing a timely Form 990. The previous articles discussed the associated penalties and consequences of not filing Form 990 on time, and I presented four steps ministries can take to ensure a timely filing of Form…

22 Mar 2018

Should Ministers Report Their Housing Allowance?

Raul Rivera

One of the most common questions we receive from pastors, church treasurers, ministry CFOs, and church administrators this time of year has to do with the minister’s housing allowance. The question I am referring to is, "Should ministers report their housing allowance on their tax return to get a deduction?” To much of one’s surprise,…

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