Best Process to File As a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Practices For RNonprofit Ministry Church Store, 2019
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, 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, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the best way to form a church.
Why do you need church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t have to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of such statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all 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 donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the most significant evangelism ministries in America accepted 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 provides guidance and counselling on parenting, marriage and other subjects through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Besides the different kinds of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There’s not any statute anywhere that states 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 vital to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to register your church would be a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and have speech limitations, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a formation and registration. 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 begin today.