Easiest Steps to Set Up a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – Cross Church San Benito+508c1a Business
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then sets 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 worth of forming your Christian organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal way to start 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 restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t have to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of these statements like all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
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 that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
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 had been audited by the IRS and subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers advice and counselling 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 types of churches, there are various 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 vital to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to start your church would be a 508c1a since it doesn’t wave rights and 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 everybody in the world.
Contact us to begin today.