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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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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…

08 Jun 2017

How to Legally Help the Poor

Raul Rivera

As Pastor James was on his way home from Sunday morning service, he noticed a gentleman holding a sign at a traffic light. Without having to read the sign Pastor James could tell that life had not been fair to the man. The man’s clothes, hair and demeanor told his story. While sitting at the traffic light, Pastor James’ heart went out to…

06 Jun 2017

Are Board Members Liable for Church Actions?

Raul Rivera

Matt is a church planter in Missouri. He recently heard about us from a pastor friend who attended one of our conferences. Matt decided to give us a call since he is planning to launch his church this fall. He called asking questions about what it would mean for his church to get incorporated by applying for official 501(c)(3) recognition, and he asked…

01 Jun 2017

Are There Limits on Pastoral Lunch Expenses?

Trey Lewis

When was the last time you treated a guest speaker or another pastor to lunch? What about lunch with another staff member? Did you purchase the lunch on a church credit card? Or, did you purchase the lunch and then later receive a reimbursement from the church? These lunches are common for many pastors, and how you handle such expenses and understand…

23 May 2017

6 Simple Ways to Create a Church Budget

Raul Rivera

For Walter, starting a church was new and exciting! However, managing the finances of the church was not. After all, Walter was called by God to be a pastor, not to be an accountant.  The reality was that in order to fulfill God’s vision for the church, implementing a budget was necessary. Even though creating a church budget seemed intimidating,…

11 May 2017

5 Steps to an Energized Pastor

Raul Rivera

For the past year or so, Pastor Kevin had become used to getting to the church early on Sunday mornings to open up the building, put on a pot or two of coffee, and greet those who walked through the doors of the church.  Pastor Kevin was also the last one to leave so he could lock up. During the week, he would take care of any maintenance issues…

30 Apr 2017

"They Got Approved!"

Raul Rivera

As I walked in the office a while back, one of our team members handed me an approval letter from the IRS for one of our clients. Now, this is not totally uncommon because we receive approval letters from the IRS on behalf of our clients on a near daily basis. On this particular day, this specific approval letter was different. This approval letter…

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