In today's world, business can bring us together. Starting a business at your church can be a powerful draw and provide an often surprising outreach opportunity. It certainly won't be easy, but we've tried to make it simple.
Before You Launch
- Define your goals. A business at church can be a direct extension of your ministry or a way to drive traffic and dollars to your door. Decide ahead of time what your goal is and investigate the tax consequences.
- Write a business plan. Every business—including a business at church—needs a clear plan. Define immediate expectations and lay out long-term goals in your plan.
- Consult an attorney. Seek attorney counsel on what forms or filings are required for the business. Your attorney can also advise you on licensing and zoning requirements that you need to consider before you launch.
- Talk to your insurance agent. Any kind of business at church will bring additional liability and risk. Discuss the business proposition with your insurance agent—before the grand opening.