Legal Method to Build a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – 508c1a Corporation Church Forms
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the home.
I want to share with you briefly the value of forming your Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal way to form a church.
Why do you want church status for your ministry?
The value of your church compared to some other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of such statements such as the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.
In case you’re wondering if your organization may qualify, here’s some examples of
IRS approved churches and church ministries:
The Salvation Army. Since 1958, classified as a church and association of churches, their primary income comes from thrift sales and contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of the largest evangelism ministries in America accepted for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they were audited by the IRS and subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides guidance and counseling on marriage,
parenting and other topics through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Besides the different types of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is no statute anywhere that says a church must be a 501c3.
A church could be organized as a 501c3, a 501c4, a 501d, a for-profit company or even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to start your church would be a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and also have speech limitations, compared to all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a registration and formation. As a lampstand holds a candle to be a light to everyone, a 508c1a holds your ministry to be a light to everyone on earth.
Contact us to begin today.