How do I Incorporate a Church?

Religious Corporations Law Section 2 defines a religious corporation as a corporation created for religious purposes to enable its members to meet for divine worship or other religious observances. Corporations formed for the purpose of operating a church or other religious denominations are filed pursuant to the Religious Corporations Law.

Corporations formed pursuant to the Religious Corporations Law are generally created by filing a Certificate of Incorporation with the office of the county clerk in the county in which the principal office or place of worship is located.

Religious Corporations are not required to obtain tax exempt status, but may choose to do so anyway. This will require the filing of the IRS 1023 Application for tax exemption status.