Simplest Way to Register a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – Should My Church Be 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 house.
I would like to share with you briefly the value of forming your religious organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the best way to form a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must give testimony under oath, of such 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 is a few examples of
IRS approved churches and church ministries:
The Salvation Army. Since 1958, classified as a church and association of churches, their principal 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, 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides guidance and counselling 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.
Besides the various kinds of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is no statute anywhere that says 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 ideal way to start your church is a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and also 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 everybody in the world.
Contact us to begin today.