Best Way to Launch a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – How To Set Up A 508c1a Business For A Church
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then sets it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
I want to share with you briefly the value of forming your Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal method to start a church.
Why do you want church status for your own ministry?
The worth of your church in contrast 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 do not need to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to give testimony under oath, of such statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization may qualify, here is some 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 that focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of 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 then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counselling 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 types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There’s 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 even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to register your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech restrictions, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a formation and registration. Just 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.