Best Steps to Establish a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Open Church Helpmate Database File
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 house.
I want to share with you briefly the value of forming your religious organization as a church, a few 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 in contrast to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer restrictions.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of these statements such as the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization may 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 which focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the largest evangelism ministries in America accepted for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they were 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 not any 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 a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and cannot do.
The best way to start your church is a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech limitations, 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 on earth.
Contact us to get started today.