Legal Steps to Create a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Is The Church Of God Of Prophecy Affiliated With 508c1a Business Organizations
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then sets it under a basket. Rather, 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, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the best method to register a church.
Why is it that you need church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and less constraints.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of these statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.
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 principal income comes from thrift sales and contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among 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 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.
Apart from the various types of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is no statute anywhere that states 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 cannot do.
The ideal way to start your church would be a 508c1a since it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech restrictions, compared to 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 everybody in the world.
Contact us to get started today.