Looking for how to start a Church in Rhode Island? The best way to start a church in Rhode Island is by first declaring you’re Churches existence through our Church Affidavit called the, “Statutory Declaration of Church Establishment and Tax Exempt Status”. This custom affidavit lawfully fulfills the requirements of your Church status pursuant to 26 USC § 508(c)(1)(a) and negates the need for your entire Church to be incorporated.
This Church affidavit will need to be signed, witnessed and notarized. We encourage you to get at least 2 witnesses that are not blood related to you to witness the document. These witnesses will both be listed as either Church members or as congregant witnesses. They need to be people that are at least one of two things:
- A person that is directly underneath the covering of your ministry.
- A person that you know that fully recognizes your Holy-spirit gifts and talents and the vision that the Lord has laid on your heart.
Each witness will need to have his or her signature signed in front of a public notary.
Once you have the church affidavit signed, witnessed and notarized by all parties, then for all intents and purposes you have just lawfully set up your Church in Rhode Island!
It’s easy to start a church in Rhode Island, now it is time to incorporate the office position of the overseer of you’re new Church through a Corporation Sole. This is where we can help you. Because Rhode Island doesn’t have any Corporate Sole laws, then for a small-suggested love offering to The Empowerment Center, we can freely act as your registered agent here in the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island has very friendly Corporate Sole laws and we have personally verified with major banking institutions that you can indeed immediately set up your bank accounts once you receive both the certified copies of your Corporate Sole’s Articles of Incorporation as well as your Corporate Sole’s IRS EIN number.
It’s important to note that your Church is NOT a 501(c)(3) because it is neither a “Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation” as stipulated by Federal Law specifically via USC 26 § 501(c)(3). Your Church was established through an affidavit of fact and is immune from being listed under USC 26 § 501(c)(3). Rather you’re church comes under the jurisdiction of USC 26 § 508(c)(1)(a). This is important to note because of the stipulations in law related to USC 26 § 501(c)(3) that prohibit certain language or activities such as, “no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”
It’s important to note that you’re preaching under the jurisdiction of The Holy-spirit and USC 26 § 508(c)(1)(a). Section 508 has NO stipulations or regulations that affect the exempt status of your church nor it’s ability to receive tax-deductible contributions. The law of 501(c)(3) ONLY relates to “Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation” NOT Churches that are established through an Affidavit. Your Corporate Sole on the other hand will be recognized as a 501(c)(3) entity because it is a form of incorporation/trust through the State of Rhode Island. However, just because Corporate Sole is a 501(c)(3) doesn’t mean that it is required to file an IRS form 1023 NOR required to file Federal information returns pursuant to the IRS’s own website material shown here. Also, the benefits to you creating a Corporation Sole for your ministry are the fact that you will not be required to have any board of trustee’s nor by-laws or a Church treasurer. These are all things that significantly open the door to a spirit of fear and manipulation into the body of Christ. The Corporate Sole is nothing but the financial holdings trust for the Church. It allows the Church to properly set up Bank accounts, PayPal accounts, pay the Pastor(s), pay the bills and etc. There is NO 3 year filing requirements for the Corporate Sole as well. The IRS three-year filing requirements are for Churches that have officially sought tax-exempt status by filling out an IRS form 1023. Because your Church is under USC 26 § 508(c)(1)(a), there are no requirements for you to seek this official recognition from the IRS of your exempt status.
Here at The Empowerment Center and CorporationSole.org, we can help lead you successfully start a Church in Rhode Island. Simply fill out the form below to get started!
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