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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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13 Mar 2018

The Most Penalized Form for Ministries

Raul Rivera

Every year we talk with more than 1,000 leaders who are starting and leading ministries all across America. Many are stepping out in faith and bringing their visions to pass. While we are helping these ministry leaders in establishing a solid legal foundation for their ministries, we also point out the requirements that various governmental departments…

22 Feb 2018

7 Big Mistakes Ministers Make with Their Taxes

Raul Rivera

Filing taxes can be a daunting task for anyone. Ministers’ taxes can especially be daunting because if churches do not properly handle the ministers’ compensation and taxes, then ministers can end up paying more taxes than the average taxpayer. Ministers can avoid paying more in taxes by simply avoiding common tax mistakes. Our tax team…

20 Feb 2018

How Should Churches Respond to Sexual Harassment?

Raul Rivera

In recent months numerous sexual harassment allegations have surfaced across multiple industries - politics, entertainment, universities, and news networks just to name a few. The brave actions of a few helped spawn the #MeToo movement and in turn encouraged an unprecedented number of victims to step forward and share their stories. It is times like…

15 Feb 2018

Should Pastors Receive a W-2 or 1099?

Raul Rivera

Tax season is upon us! During this time of year we receive hundreds of phone calls from pastors and church leaders who all have questions pertaining to ministers’ taxes and pastoral compensation. Perhaps one of the most common questions we receive during tax season is, “Should pastors receive a Form W-2 or Form 1099-MISC from the church?” This…

13 Feb 2018

How Much Should Churches Pay Pastors?

Raul Rivera

When a pastor is about to begin receiving a salary from his church, we often hear the question - “How much can my church pay me?” This is a very logical question to ask since many pastors who recently started their churches have no idea where to begin when it comes to setting salary. Most pastors simply want to make sure that when it comes…

08 Feb 2018

Are You Sure Your Ordination is Legal?

Raul Rivera

Being an ordained minister has its privileges. There is the obvious privilege of preaching and teaching the gospel that ultimately leads to lives being changed for all eternity. But there are other privileges that can only come from being legally ordained. Such privileges of legal ordination include certain tax benefits, such as a housing allowance,…

06 Feb 2018

Does the Tax Reform Affect Ministers’ Taxes?

Raul Rivera

On December 20, 2017 the largest tax reform since 1986 was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States. With the new tax reform act, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, overhauling the tax code, there are many questions in need of answering. For instance, as it pertains to churches and ministries, “What…

30 Jan 2018

How to Start a Church the Right Way

Raul Rivera

What does it take to start a church? That’s a question many pastors and church planters ask themselves when God calls them to do so. Oftentimes, when pastors begin planning for their church launch, they think about where they are going to hold services, who they are going to ask help them to start the church, and how they are going to market…

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