Best Way to Start a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – How Do I Verify Whether A Church Is A Registered Nonprofit
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then puts it under a basket. Rather, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the home.
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 need church status for your own ministry?
The worth of your church compared to some other nonprofit is better rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need 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 special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you were wondering if your organization can 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 contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of the most significant evangelism ministries in America accepted 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 provides 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 kinds of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is not any 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 crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The ideal way to register your church would be a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and also have speech limitations, 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 everyone on earth.
Contact us to begin today.