Best Process to Start a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Where Can You Look To See If A Church Is Set Up As A 508c1a Church Organization?
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts it under a basket. Instead, 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 best way to register a church.
Why do you want church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to any other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t have to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must give testimony under oath, of these statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you were 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 donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
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 then 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 different kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There’s 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 even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to start your church is a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and also have speech restrictions, 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 everyone in the world.
Contact us to begin today.