Legal Way to Build a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Is Cape Community Church A 508c1a Religious Trust
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts it under a basket. Instead, 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, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal way to form a church.
Why is it that you need church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church compared to any other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not 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 particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.
In case you were 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 which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers 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.
Apart from the different kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There’s not any statute anywhere that says 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 a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and cannot do.
The best way to register your church would be a 508c1a since it doesn’t wave rights and have speech limitations, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a formation and registration. 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 get started today.