Most Simple Steps to Launch a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Harvester Christian Church 508c1a Movement
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then sets it under a basket. Rather, 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 worth of forming your religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal method to register a church.
Why do you want church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church compared to any other nonprofit is better rights, and less constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of these statements like the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where each of 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 primary income comes from thrift sales and donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
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 then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice 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 various kinds of churches, there are different 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 crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to register your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and 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 everybody on earth.
Contact us to begin today.