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  2. Nov 01, 2018 · One of the first major steps that you need to complete to establish your church is to obtain a Certificate of Formation, which makes your church official in the eyes of the government. Plus, it ensures that the chosen name for your church is unique.

  3. Based on the prepared documents you should open a bank account for the funds of your church. Analyze the market of banks and learn what banks are used by other churches or ministries for this purpose. Begin Fellowship You became a preacher and know how to establish a church. Here are next steps. Start a home spiritual discussion group

    • Start a small discussion group. Before you can “start” a new church, you have to have a community of people who buy in who are committed to growth. If you just have a few friends committed to growth, that’s not a church.
    • Turn your small group into a launch team. It’s important for you to properly conceive of how your small group will serve to start a church. They are more than just the “first members.”
    • Start your church legally. Forming a non-profit entity with the IRS is a way of being tax-exempt and that's important when starting a church. This means that
    • Consider affiliation with a network or denomination. After you’ve completed your due diligence with the IRS, you can consider joining a church planting network or denomination when starting a church.
  4. Jul 21, 2022 · Here’s How to Start a Church in 7 steps: Decide on the basics Write your bylaws Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Open a bank account for your church Get ready to fundraise Obtain a certificate of formation or articles of incorporation Apply for official 501 (c) (3) status 1. Decide on the basics The absolute first step?

    • Make a Plan. Whatever type of nonprofit organization you are starting – whether an educational group, private foundation or a church – you need to have a plan.
    • Select a Church Name. Keep your church name as simple and short as possible. The shorter your church name the more memorable it will be in people’s mind and the easier for them to remember.
    • Select Initial Directors. Like any nonprofit organization, a church will have a group of directors who are legally responsible for the church. They are accountable to the public and to your congregation.
    • Prepare Certificate of Formation. A key step is to prepare documents establishing the church as a nonprofit corporation. Different states use different terms for this organizing document: some call it the Articles of Incorporation; other states call it the Certificate of Formation.
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