Sanford Levings

"Hi, I’m Sanford Levings, President of MinistryCFO and author of this blog. The purpose of our blog is to share with you information and insights that we gather from working with and listening to our clients and partners, located throughout the country." read more

Save on Legal Start-Up Cost


Save-on-Legal-Start-Up-Cost-pictureOK folks, the icon on the left can be construed as a bit risqué, but please consider it to be simply some tongue in check humor!

The following are the requirements that you must fulfill in order to become a viable non-profit church entity in the eyes of your state and federal governments:

We get this question asked on weekly basis, no kidding. Here are three variations of essentially the same question:

  1. Create Incorporation Minutes, which establishes you board members.

  2. File Articles of Incorporation with the state in which you will planting your church. These can be filed online.

  3. Apply for a Federal E.I.N. (Employer Identification Number), which may also be done online.

  4. Create Bylaws, an internal document that expands on the governing policies that you submitted in your Articles of Incorporation filing.

  5. Open a checking account. In order to do so, you must create Organizational Minutes, which must designate check writing authorization to one or more persons.  (The banks require a copy of this authorization.)

  6. Lastly, you may or may not need to register for a specific trade name, which will require registration with either your county or state, depending on your geographic business location.

A very common misunderstanding in church world is that churches must file Form 1023 with the IRS, and the IRS will then turn around and provide the church with a tax letter of exemption or a certificate of exemption.   This is simply not true.  Most churches have not filed Form 1203.  If need be, we can provide you with the specific statutes that preclude churches from having to file Form 1023.

MinistryCFO files organizational documents for churches and ministries on a regular basis. We know this business well. Our per hour fees are usually two-thirds lower than attorney fees, and we will be glad to assist you in the filings.

So please consider contacting MinistryCFO before you contact Mr. Dewey, Mr. Cheatem, or Mr. Howe!




MinistryCFO finds ways to save you money.  Let the MinistryCFO team handle all of your incorporation filings. You will save time, money and avoid mistakes in the process.

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