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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…

06 Mar 2018

Now is the Best Time for Your Church to Start a School

Raul Rivera

When the new tax reform was passed in December 2017 a lot of changes came with it. Most notable are the changes that directly affect individual taxes. But there are, however, other “less notable” changes that churches may in fact find beneficial. For example, have you thought about what it would be like if your church opened up a school…

01 Mar 2018

Never Miss This Form Again!

Raul Rivera

Every year thousands of nonprofit organizations, including ministries, are required to file an annual information return to the IRS via Form 990. The IRS uses this form to help ensure tax-exempt organizations are continuously complying with the tax law in order to remain tax-exempt.  Form 990 specifically requires financial information from your…

27 Feb 2018

Tax Reform Implications for Churches and Ministries

Raul Rivera

By now we should all be aware that the tax reform Congress passed in December 2017 has affected our individual tax liabilities. Some changes, such as reductions to the income tax brackets, have already gone into full effect, while other changes won’t be noticed until we file our taxes next year. But what implications might the new tax reform…

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,…

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…

25 Jan 2018

What My Church Did Every January and February

Raul Rivera

As churches begin settling into the the new year, many pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders are asking, “What tasks do I need to take care of for my church early in the year?” I remember asking myself a very similar question when I was a young pastor in Florida. The unfortunate thing was that I did not really have anyone to turn…

23 Jan 2018

Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Brightens Horizon for Churches

Raul Rivera

Pastoring and leading a church in the 21st century is not the same as it once was. Churches are continually facing a hostile legislative culture, and society as a whole seems not to revere the Church as it once did. This may often lead pastors and church planters to question whether now is a good time to start a church. And for those who do start a…

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