The Conference Helping Thousands of Pastors Sleep Well
During this conference, we will cover many topics that are absolutely critical to operating your church or ministry in a way that simultaneously benefits the church and pastor while protecting all involved from the ever-increasing scrutiny of the government. Many pastors confess that they know their church books are a mess, but they feel too intimidated to do anything about it. They oftentimes lose sleep over it. This conference has you in mind! We feel 100% certain that you will sleep better at night knowing that your church is in compliance with state and federal tax laws.
It is Time for a New Wineskin
The day of the old model of doing ministry is coming to an end. There are new models for a new hour of ministry that empower churches to do more than ever thought possible.
Imagine creating a CDC under the control of the church, which can generate public and private funding for your outreach into the community.
Imagine no longer relying solely on tithes and offerings, but implementing a strategy that will help generate income through a church-owned, for-profit arm.
Imagine protecting all of your church assets from any threat of seizure or forfeiture.
Imagine your church going confidently into the future, fully funded, powerfully equipped, and alive with dreams of what could be.
It is time for a new wineskin strategy for a new wineskin hour.
This Conference Will Show You How to Dream Bigger
Today is the day to dream big! There has never been a better time to pursue the vision God has placed in your heart. Yet, the dream in your heart is often much bigger than the finances you have to provide for it. You no longer have to let that stop you from dreaming. In just one day at the Ultimate Church Structure Conference, you can learn how to create a church structure that is all about increasing your ability to dream bigger and go farther in ministry than you have dreamed before! You can be empowered to utilize the strengths that a multi-tiered corporate structure can bring to your ministry, which will let you leverage your tax-exempt status and also operate successful for-profit ventures that can fund the dream in your heart.
Meet the Conference Speaker
The Ultimate Church Structure Conference also gives you the opportunity to ask questions of and meet with one of our dynamic conference speakers. Whether it is our founder, Raul Rivera, or our Director of Conferences, Trey Lewis, you will enjoy the opportunity of having your real-world, ministry-specific questions addressed, ensuring you leave with the knowledge you need to get the Ultimate Church Structure at work for you!
StartRIGHT™ and StayRIGHT™
When it comes to legal compliance, the church has much ground to make up. According to our internal review, over 80% of churches in America would not do well in an audit. In other words, more than 80% of churches have business practices that fail to ensure the churches' financial information is being reported correctly and in accordance with tax laws. Moreover, our research indicates that many churches are losing their assets in lawsuits simply because their legal structure is out of date. At StartCHURCH, we believe it is time for the church to have a fighting chance. Our goal is for every church to StartRIGHT: to start their ministry with the legal wisdom and practices in place that help them protect what God has given them to lead. We believe that if you StartRIGHT, you can then StayRIGHT.
But, you might have to GetRIGHT before you can StayRIGHT
Every year, churches that started with great intentions but little instruction find themselves legally deficient. Many times, these deficiencies are not realized until much later. But a new trend we are seeing at StartCHURCH is the hope in the eyes of these pastors when they find out that the StartCHURCH GetRIGHT Program was made just for them! Imagine being able to correct inaccurate incorporation* articles or amend incomplete board meeting minutes. Imagine having a clear plan to get your ministry back on track legally. That is what the StartCHURCH GetRIGHT Program is all about!
Are You Ready to Lead Your Church on a Solid Legal Foundation?
Today's pastors do more than ever before! Not only is the spiritual and shepherding component part of a pastor's calling, but new, powerful laws have set the legal compliance issue square on the shoulders of the pastor. What every ministry leader today needs is a clear understanding of how to lead his/her ministry to legal compliance. The Ultimate Church Structure will teach you what you need to lead at a higher level.
Imagine learning in one day...
How to overcome today's hostile legislative culture
Recent legislation has put churches and nonprofit organizations under a more watchful eye of the IRS. Empowered with the ability to assess hefty fines and issue levies, the IRS is seriously cracking down on churches and ministries. The IRS Code contains over 270 sections that pertain to churches...270! Some of these code sections may be trivial, but other ones could cost you big if you do not follow the law exactly. You must know how to protect your ministry and your calling.
Why states are trying to force churches to abandon their disciplines of faith, and how you can be prepared
The Supreme Court's ruling in June 2015 has implications on same-sex marriage that pastors will have to address. Prior to the Supreme Court's ruling, many ministry leaders were feeling the pressure of what can best be described as a very strong and concerted effort to force churches to abandon their disciplines of faith and to allow same-sex marriages to take place in their facilities. At this conference, we discuss what we believe are the best practices for re-establishing your legal foundation and ensuring that your church/ministry is is operating in a manner that is lawful and consistent with its beliefs.
Why a Christian ministry in New Jersey was court ordered to allow same-sex marriage on its premises, and what you can do to prevent that in your church
The Supreme Court of New Jersey ordered a Christian ministry to allow same-sex marriage because they could not prove that their public records made them an exclusively religious organization. Though their doctrine opposed same-sex marriage, the court ruled that there was no documentation in their organizing documents including their 501(c)(h2) application, that indicated they were exclusively religious. It is important that the phraseology of your articles of incorporation* and your 501(c)(h2) application be exact.
Why the IRS is allowed to give you bad advice and not be responsible, and where you can turn for the help you need
In a recent court case (David Michael Maser v. Commissioner), the court ruled that if the IRS gives you bad advice, it is not binding on the IRS. Can you imagine what that may mean to your church?
How to avoid common IRS pitfalls
There is only one way to know how to avoid tax trouble: invest time to work on your ministry. In one day you will learn about the areas that are most likely to be in noncompliance and we believe you should fix them. This is one of the best decisions you could make to ensure a bright future for your ministry.
About the devastating consequences of section 4958 violations, and how they effect your ministry
Section 4958 was passed by Congress to give the IRS the power to levy harsh penalties, and violating it could cost your church, your board members and trustees individually, and even your church members! Sound scary? It is, if you do not know how to avoid it. The truth is that you do not have to be at risk.We will empower you to make the necessary changes to be in compliance. Most church leaders violate many sections of the IRS Code without knowing it. Odds are, you are one of them. Ignorance of the law is inexcusable to the IRS. God is gracious, but the IRS is not! The good news is, you can learn how to fix it all.
Why churches break the law when they pay guest speakers cash out of the offering
Unknowingly, churches break the law when they pay a guest or anyone else cash from the offering. You will learn how to correct this and set your church on a better path.
How you can opt out of paying Social Security taxes without jeopardizing Social Security benefits at retirement
Does this sound too good to be true? It is not! We will show you the way we believe you should use IRS Code, Section 1402(e), specifically to your benefit.
Why paying the pastor a stipend or just a housing allowance is not legal
That is right! Substantial documentation is required in order for it to be legal. Most churches do not do it properly, and it can be costly.
The money you are spending on medical expenses could be a tax-free benefit
Code section 105(b) allows the church to create a medical reimbursement plan that pays for your medical bills as a tax-free benefit. Learn more about this when you come to any of our conferences.
This is a Conference for Working ON the Ministry
We have a vision to see a movement of pastors who do not just work in the ministry but also ON the ministry. These are pastors that build on foundations of integrity that will house their ministries for years and generations to come. Today can be the day to protect what God has given you to lead. At the StartCHURCH Ultimate Church Structure Conference, you will learn how to take powerful steps to ensure that your ministry is strong, legal, and ready for the days ahead.
And This is Just the Beginning...
The Ultimate Church Structure is here to help
In today's complex legal landscape, pastors and ministry leaders are looking for help to get the wisdom they need to empower them to lead their churches to legal compliance. The StartCHURCH conference is an answer to that need! Over 10,000 pastors and churches have found at the StartCHURCH Ultimate Church Structure Conference the encouragement and empowerment they need to run a successful nonprofit.Here is a list of just a few vital topics we will cover:
- What the IRS considers soft targets in churches when conducting audits
- How to properly handle love offerings so that it blesses both the giver and the receiver
- The latest rules for tax deductions and how to maximize them for your givers
- How to properly document a church provided cell phone and iPad
- The sanctions of IRS section 4958 on churches and nonprofit organizations
- How to properly strategize the housing allowance to save the pastor/minister thousands of dollars each year
- How to properly document the pastor's use of a church owned automobile
- Why Form 1098-C is needed to receive a car donation
- How to set up a chart of accounts
- How to set up a tithe and offering counting system and avoid embezzlement
- What forms should be used when musicians and children's church workers get paid by the church
- How to document when the church provides the pastor an automobile
- What the church must do to set up a daycare, adult care center, or athletic programs
- Who should sign church and ministry checks
- How to set up a tax-free, pastoral retirement program
- How new IRS penalties for noncompliance can wipe out the church's cash and be pinned against the board members
- Whether one can use his/her personal credit card for church business
- Whether one has to pay Social Security tax on his/her housing allowance
- Why recent court cases say tax-exempt status is not automatic
This is a Conference About Empowerment
You do not have to be afraid
One of our favorite things we love about our conferences is the comments we receive afterwards. We never tire of hearing of pastors leaving with fresh vision and hope about the future of their ministries! After attending this conference, you will feel highly empowered to lead with confidence, knowing you are equipped to lead your ministry to legal success. There is simply no conference like it! The conference will help you get your church or ministry in compliance with the law, but will go a step further by challenging you to dream big, have renewed vision, and believe again that your best days are ahead. Keep reading to see what else you will learn.
It is time to dream again
For too long, pastors have felt pressured to have legal answers that they have been unequipped to give. Many pastors have even stopped dreaming about what their ministries could entail, believing the legal landscape of America no longer afforded the same opportunities to dream. But, it is time to dream again. After this one-day training, you too will be able to say, "Our best days are ahead!" Come find out why there has never been a better time to do ministry!
Learn a proven strategy that will take your ministry forward
After one day at the StartCHURCH Ultimate Church Structure Conference, you will have a proven ministerial model that will change the way you protect, fund, and launch your ministry vision forward.
Learn how your church can have a for-profit arm that follows a biblical model
The truth is that churches spend 97% of their finances on administrative costs. We will teach God's plan for the church and how the for-profit arm helps the church prosper and expand the mission of the church. Even more, you will learn how the law has special provisions for it. Just imagine your church having a for-profit arm that generates income for your church for years to come.
Learn how to take advantage of the single greatest tax savings to ministers!
Did you know that the vast majority of housing allowance programs are implemented improperly? This is wreaking havoc on many pastors, as the IRS is able to issue hefty fines. We have identified over h20 items that need to be calculated with your housing allowance, and we will teach you how to use them correctly. For some, incorporating* our information might help eliminate an income tax payment obligation or result in a large refund.
This is a Conference Every Church Member Wants You to Attend
Most church members love their pastor and want him/her to be their pastor for many years. Your members want you to attend this conference because of what it will do to your thinking. You will leave this conference with a raised mindset that you are not only a pastor, but also the CEO of a corporation. That alone changes everything. Pastors want to lead with confidence, and more than ever, God's people need a confident leader that knows where he/she is going and is not afraid to get there. That could be you.
Who should attend this conference?
- Pastors and their spouses
- Chairperson of the trustee board
- Members of the trustee board
- Persons who sign church checks
- Persons responsible for maintaining church records
- Church elders and deacons
- Chairperson and members of the board of directors
- Church secretary
- Church clerk
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What do I do about the past years? How can I correct them?
There are ways to correct mistakes from the past. Get them corrected now, before an audit, and you will be OK.
Why pay thousands of dollars for an IRS compliance audit when you can do it yourself?
Learn how to do your own IRS compliance audit without the costs of attorneys or CPA's. Getting your ministry in compliance with state and federal regulation will protect your ministry from legal and tax trouble.
Does the new IRS rule regarding board of directors affect my church?
New rules for board of directors require a balanced board. Each member must sign a declaration stating their active participation as well as having equal voting power among the others. Learn the other rules for board members.
Are tithes and offerings deductible if the church has not filed for 501(c)(3) status?
According to new federal case law, offerings to a church that has not applied for 501(c)(3) status are no longer presumed to be tax exempt. They must file for 501(c)(3) in order to keep church members from losing their tax deductions in an audit or tax inquiry.
What about retirement for ministers?
Did you know that current tax law allows churches to set up life-time, tax-free income for pastors and ministers when they retire?
Do your church bylaws protect you?
A church in California decided that they needed to follow Scripture in removing some members from the church who were living lifestyles contrary to biblical standards. After being removed from the church, some of the members sued in court to be reinstated.
Can the church pay the pastor's gas?
If your church pays the pastor's gas to cover his/her ministry travel expenses, chances are you are doing it wrong. This could cost the church and the pastor trouble under a simple IRS tax inquiry.
How do you handle designated offerings?
Can the church get in trouble for using designated offerings for different purposes? Many churches do not know when using a designated offering for other purposes is illegal and when it is OK. These question will get answered in detail at the conference.
Did you know that...
A Community Development Corporation (CDC) could be the best way to raise all the funds you'll ever need for outreach? Many churches are doing it successfully! Learn how our founders did it and raised all the funds they needed to do all the church outreaches.
Recent court rulings make operating a church without 501(c)(3) a bad deal for church members!
One U. S. District Court ruled that members of a church without 501(c)(3) status cannot get a tax deduction under an audit. This is a bad deal for churches and members without 501(c)(3) status.
What about the newly passed Housing Allowance Clarification Act?
Most churches are not aware that the housing allowance has been rewritten by congress. Under the new rules, most churches are no longer doing it right. This can be costly to ministers across America!
Can a minister opt out of social security taxes?
Any minister who properly opts out of social security will still receive social security benefits when he/she retires if he/she has at least 40 credits applied to his/her account. Find out how to do it the right way!
What happens if the church fails to issue 1099 forms to hired musicians?
Under Section 7203, the church is required to issue a 1099-Misc to hired musicians and many others in the church. Failure to do so will result in fines to the church. The IRS is hot on this one.
Does Section 4958 allow the IRS to fine church officers?
Yes! Under Treasury Regulation 53.4958, the IRS can fine church officers and their family members severally up to $10,000.00 for mi-use of church funds even if it was unintentional. Learn how to protect your church officers.
Are reimbursements allowed in the church?
If your church or ministry pays out reimbursements without adopting a Section 62 reimbursement plan, those that receive the reimbursement have to pay income taxes on it.
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