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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!

21 Sep 2017

Is it Time for Your Church to Make a Move?

Raul Rivera

In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon tells us that “there is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.”  Many churches today are experiencing a season of growth. These churches are not only growing in numbers, but they are also growing spiritually. As a result of this season of growth, many churches are beginning…

19 Sep 2017

6 Fundraising Ideas for Churches That Work

Raul Rivera

“I knew there was another way!” I still remember the look on one pastor’s face on a Friday morning. I had just finished teaching the segment of The Ultimate Church Structure Conference that reveals how a church can own a business.  I taught about how the day of depending solely on tithes and offerings was over, and with the…

14 Sep 2017

"How to Sue a Church" . . . Really?

Trey Lewis

I was up late the other day doing some research on church compliance and tax law. I was about to call it a night when I came across an article entitled “How to Sue a Church.” In short, the article was providing advice on what to do if someone wanted to sue a church. In that moment, I was reminded of the times we are living in and the…

12 Sep 2017

How to Send Volunteers to Help With Relief Efforts

Raul Rivera

When a tragic event occurs, there is often an immense desire from those who were not directly affected to help the victims. Most recently we have seen an outpouring of people and organizations all across the country come to the aid of those whose lives have been upended by Hurricane Harvey.  Many churches and ministries in my community are collecting…

10 Sep 2017

No Offerings, No Problem

Raul Rivera

What if there was a way for your church to fulfill its purpose without solely relying on tithes and offerings? You probably think that this scenario is too good to be true, but if I told you it could actually happen, would you be interested in learning more? Imagine with me for a moment. Imagine that your church starts a for-profit daycare center in…

07 Sep 2017

Why It's Important to Know What Your Bylaws Say, Part 2

Raul Rivera

Aside from the Word of God, your bylaws are arguably the most important document within your church. That is why the importance of understanding your bylaws and including strategic language in them cannot be stressed enough. In Part 1, we looked at a court case* that involved Pastor Anderson, the senior pastor of West End Church of Christ. If you will…

05 Sep 2017

Why It's Important to Know What Your Bylaws Say, Part 1

Raul Rivera

Have you ever had to assemble something? Maybe it was a toy for your child on Christmas, or perhaps you have had to assemble furniture from IKEA. Whatever it may be that you had to assemble, you most likely did so using the provided instructions.  Although you could have assembled the toy or furniture without instructions, it most likely would…

31 Aug 2017

How to Become an Ordained Minister

Trey Lewis

In ministry, there are milestones that every minister experiences. For you, maybe it was when you first heard or felt the call of the Lord on your life. Perhaps it was when you preached your first sermon or officiated your first wedding. What about the day you became ordained? That is a big milestone every minister vividly remembers. However,…

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