Best Steps to Establish a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – 501c3 Church & Politics
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then sets it under a basket. Rather, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
I would like to share with you briefly the worth of forming your Christian organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and also the best method to register a church.
Why do you need church status for your ministry?
The value of your church compared to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t have to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of such statements like the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you were wondering if your organization may qualify, here’s a few examples of
IRS approved churches and church ministries:
The Salvation Army. Since 1958, classified as a church and association of churches, their principal income comes from thrift sales and donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the most significant evangelism ministries in America approved for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they were audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers guidance and counseling on marriage,
parenting and other subjects through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Besides the various kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There’s not any statute anywhere that states a church must be a 501c3.
A church could be organized as a 501c3, a 501c4, a 501d, a for-profit corporation or even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to start your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech limitations, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a formation and registration. As a lampstand holds a candle to be a light to everyone, a 508c1a holds your ministry to be a light to everyone in the world.
Contact us to get started today.