Best Way to Build a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – What Kind Of Governance Does A Church Need For 508c1a Non Profit
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts 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, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal way to register a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church compared to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t have to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to give testimony under oath, of such statements such as the rest of the 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’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 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 had been audited by the IRS and subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counseling 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.
Apart from the different types of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There’s not any 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 even 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 also have speech limitations, when compared with 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 everybody on earth.
Contact us to get started today.