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Legal System to Start a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – Minute Suite Startchurch

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 value of forming your Christian organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the best method to form a church.

Why is it that you need church status for your own ministry?

The value of your church in contrast to any other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer constraints.

First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.

Second, churches do not need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of such statements such as 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 can qualify, here’s 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 which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.

The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.

Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides 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 different types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There’s 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 a 508c1a.

How your church is organized is vital to what it can and can’t do.

The ideal way to register your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech limitations, compared to 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 everybody in the world.

Contact us to get started today.