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. 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!

Viewing blogs by tag: Church Management

26 Feb 2017

Church's Records Get Pastor in Hot Water

Raul Rivera

Late one afternoon, a distraught Pastor Chris called our office fearing that he may lose his church. He proceeded to recount the events of the past week that led to his frantic call.  A lawyer came to his church office early one morning demanding to see the church’s financial and administrative records and threatened legal action if the…

23 Feb 2017

Why It's Important for Churches to Have a Plan of Succession

Raul Rivera

After his mother’s passing in October 2010, Pastor Joel R. Peebles, Sr., succeeded her and became the new church pastor. Since his succession, tension had been mounting between Pastor Joel and the board of elders. A year and a half later, the conflict had escalated. In April of 2012, Pastor Joel arrived to Wednesday Bible study (as always) ready…

21 Feb 2017

How To Change Your Church Name

Raul Rivera

Darrell is the senior pastor of a large, well-established church outside of Chicago. The church was created in the late 1930s, so to say the church was “set in its ways” would be an understatement.  After serving as the senior pastor for two years, Darrell sensed the Lord wanting to take the church in a new direction. This excited…

19 Feb 2017

Help! My Church is a Mess

Raul Rivera

Every day, pastors and church leaders across the country come to the conclusion that the administrative and business sides of their church are a mess. Take Jordan for instance. He recently took over the 22-year-old church his father started in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The church initially started in the basement of their home when Jordan was 9…

16 Feb 2017

Lawsuit Claims Church Ordained Wrong Person

Raul Rivera

In January of 2014, the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) was found liable for the actions of one of its church-planting pastors, and it was ordered to pay 12.5 million dollars to the plaintiff.  Here is the history behind the case.  In 2005, one of the pastors from an FBC affiliated church engaged in molestation acts against a 13-year-old…

14 Feb 2017

5 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for Ministry

Raul Rivera

What do you love about being a pastor? Suppose that you can give only one answer. This is not intended to be a trick question, and there is not one answer that is better than another answer. How would you respond? I ask you this question because it can be simple to forget why you went into ministry in the first place. It can also be easy to forget…

12 Feb 2017

Do You Really Know What is in Your Bylaws?

Raul Rivera

Have you ever used the phrase “hindsight is 20/20”?  The phrase means that it is easy to know the right thing to do after something has happened. This saying is typically used when someone realizes, after the fact, that they could have made a better decision (e.g. a purchased car that you thought was a good deal, turns out to be a…

09 Feb 2017

What Ministers Need to Know About Their Taxes

Raul Rivera

“I cannot believe I owe $5,875 on my tax return!” That is what a Florida minister told me last year. Interestingly enough, another minister from Iowa that I met at a conference last year was excited that he would be receiving a refund of $9,167. While I celebrate his refund, the sad fact is that both pastors made exactly the same amount…

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