Legal Method to Establish a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – University City Church 508c1a Church
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then sets it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the home.
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 method to form a church.
Why do you want church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer restrictions.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not need to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must give testimony under oath, of these statements like all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization may 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 contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the most significant evangelism ministries in America approved for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they were audited by the IRS and subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers guidance and counselling 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 various types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is no 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 ideal way to register your church is a 508c1a since it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech restrictions, compared to 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 on earth.
Contact us to begin today.