Legal Steps to Build a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Church Out Of Chains 508c1a Nonprofit
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 house.
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 method to register a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your own ministry?
The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not have to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must give testimony under oath, of these statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.
In case you were 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 principal income comes from thrift sales and donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of the largest 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 provides advice and counselling 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.
Apart from the various kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is 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 register 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 registration and formation. 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 get started today.