Set Up a Group in the United States of America (USA)

A church is a spiritual community that comes together in a common fellowship. If you're dissatisfied with
your local options and have a group of like-minded thinkers and believers, you may be interested in
branching out on your own to worship in your own way.

Where to start?
You can learn to begin the early informal processes and plan for an incorporated community, apply for
legal status, and expand your church in the community.

Start a home spiritual discussion group.
Before you attempt to file for non-profit status and make your church official, it's best to establish a
somewhat sizable and united fellowship of people with similar beliefs to undergo the process together.
Start talking with like-minded people and getting together on a regular basis. The IRS requires you to
have three founding members who are not related by blood or marriage

Define the scope of the church.
You can establish a church at varying levels and the better you define your aims for the church, the
easier it will be to establish your tax-exempt status. Establishing a ministry, for example, is somewhat
different than forming a corporately structured church, housed in its own building. Consider:

  • Your possible membership. How many do you reasonably expect?

  • Your location. Where will you worship? (Start with a home church)

  • Your commitment. Will this be a part-time job or a full-time calling?

  • Your financial aims. Will your church collect funds? How? How much will be necessary?

Home Groups provide an opportunity for the development of Christian relationships within Living Word.
Christian relationships are made through the bond of love, we share with the Holy Spirit. During a typical
home group meeting, we study the word of God, share testimonies, pray and fellowship over some
snacks/coffee.

People
We need 4 persons for a Home Group and 25 persons for a Church

Beginning Investment
Minimum 150.00$ per month or 37.50$ per members/month for 4 members or 6.00$ per members/month
if 25 members, that gives you to work with the 501(c)(3), an office address with a receptionist, an existing
not for profit corporation

  1. You make an initial plan.
  2. You make a fundraising plan.
  3. You form a team.
  4. The paperwork is done by us
  5. Bylaws done by us
  6. You find a worship space.
  7. You schedule services and events.

You assign corporate officers.
You'll need corporate officers, a board of directors, and a membership to file for incorporation with the
state. Make sure ahead of time you've got willing participants to fulfill the various procedural and
accounting roles necessary to make a church-run smoothly.

These roles will be different than church staff. You don't necessarily need to think about janitorial and
secretarial roles just yet, but make sure you've got some idea of the board of directors, visiting and
youth ministry, music, and fundraising. The decision-making players need to be in place before you move
forward.

We are Multidenominational, you choose your own Christian independent denomination

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