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. After reading each blog, feel free to leave a comment if you think it may benefit others. 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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19 Jan 2017

Why Bylaws Are Important, And How to Make Yours Better

Raul Rivera

John and Sheila realized that starting a church was not for the faint of heart. That is why when they decided that it was time to begin their ministry, they were fully prepared for the tasks of planning services, counseling members, and seeking God daily to know the best direction for their church. However, they never considered what it would…

18 Jan 2017

2017 Tax Calendar for Churches and Ministries

Raul Rivera

Every year in January, our office receives tons of phone calls from pastors and church leaders, just like you, asking about various tax forms and what needs to be filed in January.  To that effect, we have put together a tax calendar to educate and guide you throughout 2017. This calendar is specific for churches and ministries. We hope that this…

17 Jan 2017

10 Tax Forms You Need to Know About

Raul Rivera

Now that the new year is in full swing, tax forms should be moving to the forefront of your mind. Each year, churches and ministries are required to fill out certain tax forms in order to maintain IRS compliance. However, many churches, pastors, and church administrators are simply unaware of them all.  To help you, I have compiled a…

10 Jan 2017

7 Things You Need to Know About Donor Giving Receipts

Raul Rivera

Lindsey, the church administrator, was exhausted. She had spent the past month sifting through envelopes, check ledgers, and scraps of papers from the offering basket trying to make sense of the church donations. The church never developed detailed receipts for every donation that it received. Instead, the church thought that it only needed to keep…

03 Jan 2017

6 Steps Your Church Should Take at the Beginning of the Year

Raul Rivera

“Five ... four ... three ... two ... one ... Happy New Year!”  The church erupted with laughter, shouts, hallelujahs, and exclamations of praise. It had been a great year for Pastor Carl’s church. Thus far, his church had made it 10 years. The ministry had a great team, a great space, a great congregation, and more passion for…

29 Dec 2016

StartCHURCH's 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Raul Rivera

How many of our 115+ blog posts published in 2016 did you read? My guess is that there are just a handful of individuals who were actually able to read each and every blog post. I get that - as a pastor your attention is constantly being pulled in a thousand different directions. That is why we always conclude the year with our 10 most popular blog…

22 Dec 2016

What Your Church Needs to Know About Copyright Infringement

Raul Rivera

Imagine for a moment that it is Sunday morning and the church sanctuary is full of congregants eagerly anticipating the start of worship. As the service kicks off, the worship team begins with a song that was recently recorded and released by a popular Christian artist. The congregation actively participates in the worship service. The words to the…

20 Dec 2016

IRS Updates Mileage Reimbursement for 2017

Raul Rivera

Each year the IRS takes time to reassess the standard mileage reimbursement rates used to calculate the deductible costs for an individual who operates his/her vehicle for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes. Because of this, it is important for churches to be familiar with these updates for 2017; especially since many pastors and church…

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