Easiest Process to Register a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Does A “Church” Have To Be A 508c1a Movement To Ordain Ministers
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 house.
I would like to share with you briefly the value of forming your Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal method to register a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church compared to some other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer restrictions.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t have to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of these statements such as the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.
In case you were wondering if your organization can qualify, here is some examples of
IRS approved churches and church ministries:
The Salvation Army. Since 1958, classified as a church and association of churches, their primary 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 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers 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 types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is 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 corporation or a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and cannot do.
The best way to form your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech restrictions, when compared with 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 get started today.