The initial letter explains the steps developed by the Churches under Christ ministry for organizing a church according to New Testament principles. Click here to go to some recent letters sent out by the Churches under Christ Ministry.
When a pastor calls about organizing a church according to New Testament principles, I discuss many matters with him. Pastors vary in their understanding of how this ministry helps churches establish a common law (Bible) trust, what such a trust is as compared to a charitable trust, business trust, corporation, 501(c)(3) or 508(c)(1)(A) tax exempt religious organization, or legal entity of any kind. We discuss the present organization of their church. Is it a corporation, a charitable or business trust, an unincorporated association, a 501(c)(3) or 508(c)(1)(A) tax exempt organization, etc.? Does the church or church corporation own or lease real estate? We discuss property tax exemption law for the particular state. Does the church have a bank account, vehicles, or anything else in the name of the church? Does the church have employees? In short, we discuss all matters relevant to that particular church. After that discussion, if the church is ready to begin to the process of getting organized as a church under Christ and Christ alone, I email the church an initial letter. I also attach, to the initial letter, Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines and Questionnaire 1.
The initial letter explains what the church is to do from there. Click here to go to some recent letters sent out by the Churches under Christ Ministry.