Legal Method to Start a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Church Charter 501c3
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, 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 religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the best way to form a church.
Why do you need church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church compared to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer constraints.
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 must provide testimony under oath, of these statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits don’t.
In case you were wondering if your organization can 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 principal 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 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counselling 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.
Apart from the different types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is not any 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 corporation or a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to register your church would be a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and have speech restrictions, compared to all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a formation and registration. Just 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 begin today.