Fastest Way to Launch a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Lancaster Community Church 508c1a Foundation Filing
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 home.
I would like to share with you briefly the worth of forming your religious organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the best way to form a church.
Why do you need church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church compared to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and less constraints.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to give testimony under oath, of these statements like the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits don’t.
In case you’re wondering if your organization can 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 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, 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 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’s 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 company 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 would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech limitations, 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 everyone on earth.
Contact us to get started today.