Best Way to Set Up a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – IRS 508c1a Church Misrepresents
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then sets it under a basket. Rather, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
I want to share with you briefly the worth of forming your Christian organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal way to start a church.
Why do you want church status for your ministry?
The value of your church compared to some other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not have to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to give testimony under oath, of such statements like all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where each of other nonprofits don’t.
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 donations.
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 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 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 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 corporation or even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to form your church is a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and have speech restrictions, 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 on earth.
Contact us to get started today.