By our count, starting a new church requires at least seven significant steps to ensure it has proper legal and tax standing. And within those seven steps, numerous smaller steps abound.
For instance, did you know that incorporating with a state corporation commission alone involves five critical pieces that need to be in place first? That includes the identification of board responsibilities and the incorporation of provisions required by the IRS. Did you know that you can't move forward with a church plant, at all, until you've found an available church name to incorporate with? Or that you can't file for a 501(c )(3) until you have a Federal Employer Identification Number? Do you have any idea what kinds of church bylaws are required of you before you can set up a church bank account?
Well, we do. So rest easy.
For churches, denominations, or individuals committed to planting churches, navigating this maze of legal and tax regulations can be daunting. That's why our new infographic, "Starting a New Church," will be a powerful tool to guide your next steps.
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