Legal System to Launch a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – The Agape Church Of America Inc 508c1a Non Profit
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 worth of forming your religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal method to register a church.
Why do you want church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church in contrast to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of such statements such as the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all 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 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 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 offers 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 different 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 company or a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to register your church is a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and have speech restrictions, 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 everyone on earth.
Contact us to get started today.