Legal Steps to Establish a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Is Mars Hill Bible Church A 508c1a Ministry
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 house.
I want to share with you briefly the worth of forming your Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal method to start a church.
Why do you want church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to some other nonprofit is better rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not have to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must give testimony under oath, of such statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you were wondering if your organization can qualify, here’s 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 donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
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 had been audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers guidance and counseling 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 different ways to organize a church.
There is 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 corporation or a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The ideal way to register your church would be a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and also 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.