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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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16 Jan 2018

Starting a Church? Avoid These Three Mistakes

Raul Rivera

Is 2018 the year that you are going to start your church? Have you decided that this is the year you will answer ‘Yes’ to the call God has placed on your life? If so, I want to celebrate with you and encourage you as you travel the path that God has set before you.  I remember when I first answered the call to plant a church. There…

07 Jan 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Donation Receipts

Raul Rivera

There are several aspects that every church should be aware of when managing church donations. For example, providing giving statements or contribution statements to your donors and having an appropriate tithe and offering counting policy are key for accountability and accuracy in managing your church funds. During this time of year, many pastors and…

04 Jan 2018

URGENT: "Oh no! We have no minutes!"

Raul Rivera

At the beginning of each year, almost all churches and ministries are preparing for their legally-required annual board meeting. This meeting is where much of the business and vision of the church is approved and put into action. A critical component of that meeting is reviewing your church’s prior board meeting minutes.  The truth is, churches…

19 Dec 2017

How to Simplify All of Your Church's Filing Requirements

Raul Rivera

Early one morning, Pastor Ronnie was sitting at his desk making a “to-do” list of everything he needed to complete on behalf of the church before the end of the year.  He was also beginning to plan for tasks that his church would need to address during the new year. Pastor Ronnie thought he had everything in order.  When his…

14 Dec 2017

Do You Know How to Take Board Meeting Minutes?

Raul Rivera

As the newly appointed secretary of his church board, Doug knew he was going to implement changes to the method of recording board meetings in the church. He was not, however, prepared for what he found when he searched through the church records. Doug was shocked that he could not find any formal records of board meetings that had taken place over…

07 Dec 2017

The "Biggest" Board Meeting

Raul Rivera

It was the end of a great year of ministry and Pastor Johnson was excited about his upcoming board meeting. His excitement surrounded his announcements of all that God had done this year, and about his new vision for the coming year.  He knew that God had surely blessed them, and while the new actions he wanted the church take to reach the city…

28 Nov 2017

3 Things Every Minister Should Know About Housing Allowance

Raul Rivera

The minister’s housing allowance is perhaps the best tax benefit among pastors; however, it is also one of the most misunderstood! This blog is intended to clarify what the housing allowance is and explain how to properly establish your housing allowance so that it works in your favor. In order to do that, you must first understand what the housing…

21 Nov 2017

The First Thing Every Church New Hire Must Do

Raul Rivera

Many churches struggle to fully understand their obligations as an employer. The multitude of responsibilities pastors face can be overwhelming. It is easy to misunderstand and forget all that is required as an employer.  While it is likely you have heard of W2s and 1099s, a lesser known and equally important document is Form I-9. Form I-9 is…

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