Simplest Method to Launch a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – Questions A Church Should Ask Before Becoming A 501c3
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 would like to share with you briefly the worth of forming your religious organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the best way to start a church.
Why is it that you need church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to provide 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 each of 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 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, 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 guidance and counseling 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.
Besides the different 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 crucial to what it can and cannot do.
The best way to register your church is a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and also 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 everybody in the world.
Contact us to get started today.