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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 Nov 2017

The First Thing Every Church New Hire Must Do

Raul Rivera

Many churches struggle to fully understand their obligations as an employer. The multitude of responsibilities pastors face can be overwhelming. It is easy to misunderstand and forget all that is required as an employer.  While it is likely you have heard of W2s and 1099s, a lesser known and equally important document is Form I-9. Form I-9 is…

16 Nov 2017

3 Things Every Ministry Should Consider Doing Before 2018

Raul Rivera

There are times when we all put things off until the last minute. Some of us do this more often than others and this is referred to as procrastination.  In essence, one who chronically procrastinates will intentionally avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions. I want you to take a moment and think back to the beginning of…

14 Nov 2017

What Churches Need to Know About DACA

Raul Rivera

Those who are current on recent news may have heard of the recent political conversations regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).   The decision to rescind DACA will affect approximately 800,000 youth and young adults in America. Those affected by DACA are from varied walks of life. You may be surprised to learn that…

09 Nov 2017

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Pastoral Sermons

Raul Rivera

When it comes to using someone else’s sermon for inspiration or when borrowing someone else’s material to drive home a certain point in your sermon, when does it become plagiarism?  In a recent Church Leaders article*, James Emery White mentioned that a pastor of a large church had lost his job when a church member heard a talk on…

07 Nov 2017

How Churches Can Respond to Active Shooters

Raul Rivera

After this past weekend’s tragic shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, many people are once again asking themselves, “What is this world coming to?” It may be easy to think that what happened on Sunday in Texas could never happen to your church (and God forbid it ever does!). I mean, after all, churches are supposed to…

02 Nov 2017

IRS Rules Church “Coffee Shop” Not Tax-Exempt

Raul Rivera

I love talking with pastors. I get to hear about how their churches are impacting their community and about their visions and dreams for the future.  Of the thousands of conversations that I have had with pastors throughout the years, I have noticed that there seems to be a common denominator amongst pastors and it is that pastors tend to have…

31 Oct 2017

The Ultimate Strategy to Protect Your Church

Raul Rivera

Over the past two weeks, we have talked about how to know when it is the right time for your church to begin building and what steps to take when that time arrives. (I have included links to those two blogs at the bottom of this post.) In this blog, I want to address the question: “Now what?” Once your church’s building campaign…

29 Oct 2017

After Disaster 3: Handling Noncash Donations

Raul Rivera

In concluding our series on responding to natural disasters, I want to spend time addressing a topic that relates to all churches and ministries—donations.  In response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, many churches and ministries collected items such as nonperishable food, water, and clothes to send to the areas that were most devastated…

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