Starting a ministry does not always mean you are starting a church. Starting a ministry is a perfectly valid way to see your vision come to pass! This type of organization has less strict requirements for duties and has a broad range of qualifying activities and still is tax exempt. Are you starting a traveling, speaking ministry? Are you starting an outreach oriented ministry? Don’t feel obligated to start a church when God has called you to start a ministry!
When reviewing church applications for tax-exempt status recognition, one of the most heavily weighted indicators used to determine if an organization is a church for tax purposes is if it will have a congregation and membership.
The IRS often classifies an organization as a church if it is holding regular, religious services at an established location. Holding services once a month or only holding meetings in one home, without plans to grow and expand beyond that home, generally indicate that you are operating a religious ministry that is not necessarily a church.
If you find that all of your activities as an organization will be geared towards community outreach only, you may be best suited for a religious ministry classification.
Great examples of ministries are: Traveling Speakers, Missionaries, Outreach Programs, After School Programs, and more. The possibilities are endless! Start your ministry today!
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