In the U.S.A., every CRC church, both emerging and established, is covered under the denomination’s IRS determination letter that confirms that we and our churches are charities (501c3) and therefore exempt from tax. Partner church plants can contact us to request an official certificate.
Church planters will also want to work on obtaining an Employee Identification Number and Articles of Incorporation. Please contact us if you need direction or assistance with this. More information regarding church plant legal and financial organization can be found on The Network.
In Canada, the process for a church plant to receive its own non-profit charitable status takes about 6 months after the application is submitted to the Canadian Revenue Service. Until then, a local CRC congregation agrees to serve as the “calling church,” and an arrangement is made in which charitable receipts for the emerging ministry are issued through this local congregation. Assistance in drawing up bylaws needed for obtaining such charitable status can be obtained by contacting your Regional Leader.