Fastest Way to Establish a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – Church 508c1a Religious Trust Checklist
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 want to share with you briefly the value of forming your Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the best method to start a church.
Why do you need church status for your ministry?
The worth 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 supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to give testimony under oath, of such statements like 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 is 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 had been audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers guidance and counseling on parenting, marriage 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 kinds of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There’s not any statute anywhere that says a church is required to 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 cannot do.
The best way to start your church would be a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and also have speech limitations, when compared with 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 in the world.
Contact us to get started today.