Legal Process to Register a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – How To Start A Ministry With No M
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then sets it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the home.
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 best method to register a church.
Why do you want church status for your ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to any other nonprofit is better rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must give testimony under oath, of these statements like all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
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 primary 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 were audited by the IRS and subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers 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 various kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is not any 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 corporation or even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to form your church would be a 508c1a since it doesn’t wave rights and have speech restrictions, 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 everyone in the world.
Contact us to begin today.