Legal Way to Create a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – Bethel Ame Church 508c1a Nonprofit
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts it under a basket. Rather, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the home.
I want to share with you briefly the worth of forming your Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal way to register a church.
Why do you want church status for your ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not have to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to give testimony under oath, of such statements such as the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization can 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 contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the largest evangelism ministries in America approved for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they had been audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice 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 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 ideal way to register your church is a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and also have speech restrictions, compared to 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 everybody in the world.
Contact us to begin today.