Easiest Steps to Register a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Hopewell Baptist Church Windsor Connecticut 508c1a Non Profit
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 value of forming your religious organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal method to form a church.
Why do you need church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church compared to some 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 provide testimony under oath, of such statements such as the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.
In case you’re wondering if your organization may qualify, here is a few 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 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides guidance 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.
Apart from the various types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is no statute anywhere that states 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 a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to start your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech limitations, compared to 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 everyone on earth.
Contact us to begin today.