Legal Steps to Start a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – How To Run A Church Without A 508c1a Church
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 worth of forming your religious organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal way to register a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not have to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of these statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.
In case you were wondering if your organization may 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 contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the most significant evangelism ministries in America approved 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 guidance 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 different kinds 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 company or even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to form your church would be a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and also 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 in the world.
Contact us to get started today.