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What You Need to Start a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Ministry

If you are a citizen of the United States of America, there are certain rights to which you are entitled, and certain responsibilities which you must fulfill. One of the most prevalent responsibilities each citizen has is paying taxes. In turn, we all receive certain benefits because of the taxes we pay.

Jesus told us that it is right and proper to pay taxes when he said, “Give to Caesar what is due Caesar, and give to God what is due God.” But, we also infer that while giving to Caesar what “he” is due, there is no need to give more than what is due!

The government of the United States provides its citizens an incentive to financially support non-profit organizations, such as churches, mission organizations, et al. This incentive is rather powerful, as many citizens would prefer not to give financially, unless they are able to take advantage of the government’s incentive, namely, the Tax Deduction.

If you are asking people to support your ministerial work, but are unable to offer your supporters a tax-deductible receipt, you are very likely inadvertently showing potential donors the door, while they continue looking for someone else to whom they will give their tax-deductible dollars, instead.

Setting up your own non-profit 501(c)3 ministry may not be as difficult and overwhelming as you think. Yes, there is an application to file, a bank account to open, even a Board to select; but, all of this can be rather straight forward if you have a helpful checklist to follow.

Be sure to check out our Products page, and especially our “Steps to Starting a 501(c)3 Ministry” handbook.

Questions? we’re happy to do our best to answer them. Just add a comment to this blog post with your question, and we’ll let you know what we know.

Jim Walters

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  1. Paul Thomas Said,

    Pastor Jim..A pastor who can help others build their ministry is indeed a true pastor. This site has the information I need to know about. I discovered you on propeller. I have been an Evangelist to the USA from Wales for the last 14 years and need to rethink about the way i’m supported and how the ministry is structured so I can be most effective with my respources.

    Thanks for this ministry.
    Paul.

  2. Daniel J Brown Said,

    Hello Pastor Jim,
    We would like your Help with our Ministry.

  3. Pastor Charles Mayner Said,

    This is a new ministry, encouraging people to MOVE FORWARD!

  4. Cassandra Lake Said,

    I am very interested in futhering God’s ministry. Thing is, I don’t know where to start. I contacted a local radio station and they informed me of a 501c3? I just don’t know what it is lol. If you could please shed some light on it for me, as to how to go about obtaining it and what it does in full. Thank you and God Bless!!

  5. Judy Ford Said,

    Hi, Can you tell me if anyone donates their services to actually fill out and file our 501 C 3?
    Thank you

  6. Ruth Alcantara Said,

    I would like to receive your help with our ministry. I would like to fill out our 501 C. Thank you so much and God bless you. Yours truly,

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