Best Method to Create a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – How Many Years Has The Church Of God Have A 508c1a Movement Status?
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts 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, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal method to form a church.
Why do you want church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer 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 have to give testimony under oath, of these statements like the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization may qualify, here’s 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 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 marriage,
parenting and other subjects through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Apart from the different types of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is no statute anywhere that states 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 is a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech limitations, compared to 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 get started today.