Protect Your Ministry - Establish a Holdings Corporation
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Everything you need to establish your holdings corporation
We are living in the most litigious time our nation has ever experienced. The laws are constantly changing, and they seem to continually become more restrictive and hostile towards churches and ministries. We understand the step of faith you took in launching your ministry and the hard work it has taken to make it a place where lost souls can meet God. We also understand that it has been a hard road before you in building the ministry’s assets. Lawsuits against churches are a constant threat and often the target of these lawsuits is the church’s property, such as buildings, vehicles, cash, and any assets that hold value. Now may be the time to rethink your strategy to protect what has been placed in your stewardship.
12,000 churches per year end up in court
Right now, there are over 1,000 churches per month that end up in court. That is a stunning 12,000+ churches per year. Despite the litigious legal landscape of the United States, every year thousands of brave leaders venture out to plant a church. While that is encouraging, many of these brave souls do it without perceiving the legal environment they will enter when they plant their churches. Unfortunately, there is a high probability that the church will face some sort of legal challenge in the next five years. Yet, though that fact is in the mind of many ministers, most do not have proper responses for not only surviving legal trouble but for thriving through it all. Depending upon your circumstances, establishing a tax-exempt holdings company may help shield your church’s assets from legal attacks.
Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves
Jesus gave His disciples a stern directive when He assigned the first-ever Christian outreach. After anointing them to heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead, He also told them to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” because they would suffer legal persecutions in the hands of tribunals. The church tends to get the part of being innocent as a dove right, but never really knows how to be wise as a serpent within the context of what Jesus told the disciples. He sent out the 12 and expected them to use wisdom (Greek word—shrewdness) to manage the legal persecutions that they were going to face. I am afraid that this type of planning is not even on the radar of the church today.
Part of being wise is using the law to protect your assets
The legislative culture seeks to limit the freedoms religious organizations have, but there are still regulations out there that provide great benefits to these same organizations. One of these benefits can be found in section 501(c)(2) of the IRS Code. This is by far the most important aspect of the Code as it relates to churches and nonprofits protecting their assets. This section of the Code authorizes the establishment of a holdings corporation with the sole purpose of holding title to property owned by a 501(c)(3) organization such as a church or ministry. In other words, a holdings corporation is a corporation whose sole purpose is to hold and protect a church's or ministry's assets. It should never do business with the outside world and does not receive donations. A church can conduct the work of the ministry without fear of losing any of its assets because they will belong to a separate entity. Imagine the peace of mind one can have by knowing that the church can enjoy the use of its building and other property while keeping it out of the hands of malicious lawsuits!
Take advantage of our monthly payment plan
As always, all of our customers are able to take advantage of our interest-free payment plan of $349 per month. As a matter of fact, the majority of our customers have taken advantage of our flexible payment plan because it allows them to get their ministries off the ground without spending too much at once.
How does StartCHURCH help you?
As part of the StartRIGHT Program™, creating the holdings corporation for a ministry is easy. You simply supply us with the information and we fill in the documents. By following the program, you can ensure that you get it done right. The program includes everything from incorporation to IRS approval.
It is an honor to serve you!
A driving force of the culture of StartCHURCH comes from our founder and president who believes that our greatest honor comes from serving YOU. We have big dreams here! With a vision to see churches and ministries all across America grow and prosper in all that God has for them, we constantly strive to challenge and expand your thinking in order to help you fulfill the vision planted deep within you. Then, we provide you with the resources and services to make that a reality.
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