Key point 6-02.01.In many states, churches can incorporate either under the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act or under an alternative statute that was adopted prior to the enactment of the Act. Some alternative statutes involve the filing of a petition with a local court. Often, these alternative statutes contain far less detail than the model Act. Some states have enacted statutes that regulate the incorporation of specific religious organizations.
Although procedures for the incorporation of churches vary from state to state, most states have adopted one or more of the following procedures:
1. MODEL NONPROFIT CORPORATION ACT
The Model Nonprofit Corporation Act, which has been adopted in whole or in part by several states, FLETCHER CYC. CORP. § 2.65, n.2 (perm. ed. 2008). provides a uniform method of incorporation for several kinds of nonprofit organizations, including religious, ...