Feel free to use these as a sample for your own church.
You can copy and paste them into a word document and adjust them to suit your own needs for your church. You are more than welcome to use them and I'm happy to help you however I can.
Sample Bylaws - When creating your church, you will be asked to create your bylaws. This page has a sample of the bylaws I used. You are welcome to copy them and change them to suit your person church and situation.
Creating A Church - If you want to create your own church, use this section to give you information on what you need to do. It gives you all the basics, with samples to use so you can get your ministry off the ground!
Declaration of Faith - For each church, this is obviously going to be different. You may use this as a template to create your own declaration of faith. This is a great statement to share with the people of your congregation.
Statement of Beliefs- A statement of beliefs is similar to a declaration of faith. You can use this sample to see if it's something that you need and want to have for your own church and your own website. Talk to your congregation about what they think would be right for you.
Opening Resolutions - This is one of the things required when starting a new church. As with all the other things in this section, you can use this as a guide to help you create what you neeed for your own church. This is what I used when creating the ULC Seminary church.
IRS Qualifications - This article talks about what the main 14 points are that the IRS requires in order to establish your church as a church in the IRS's eyes. You can review them and see how well your church fits those requirements before you file for consideration.
ARTICLE 1- NAME
The name of the corporation is (Your Church's Name Here), Inc.
ARTICLE 2- PURPOSE OF CORPORATION
The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious and educational purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
ARTICLE 3- PROHIBITIONS
No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article Second hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the (Your Church's Name Here). corporation shall be carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (A) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (B) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 1 70(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
ARTICLE 4- DIRECTORS
The Directors shall be elected by a majority vote of the Members of this Corporation.
ARTICLE 5- TERM OF EXISTENCE
This corporation shall have perpetual existence.
ARTICLE 6- CAPITAL STOCK
This corporation shall have no capital stock and shall be composed of members rather than stockholders.
ARTICLE 7- QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERSHIP
The categories of membership, qualifications for membership and the manner of admission shall be as set forth in and regulated by the By Laws of the Corporation.
ARTICLE 8- VOTING RIGHTS
Members of the Corporation will have such voting rights as are provided in the By Laws of the Corporation.
ARTICLE 9- LIABILITIES FOR DEBTS
Neither the members nor the members of the Board of Directors or officers of the Corporation shall be liable for the debts of the Corporation.
ARTICLE 10 - REGISTERED OFFICE AND REGISTERED AGENT
The name and address of the registered agent of this corporation is Rev. (YourName Here). (Your Church's Address Here)
ARTICLE 11 - PRINCIPAL OFFICE
The address of the principal office and the mailing address of this corporation is (Address)
ARTICLE 12 - INCORPORATOR
The name and address of the incorporator of this corporation is Rev. (Your Name Here). (Your Church's Address Here)
ARTICLE 14 - AMENDMENT: These Articles of Incorporation may be amended in the manner provided by law. Every amendment shall be approved by the Board of Directors, proposed by them to the voting members, and approved at a members meeting by a majority of the Members, unless all the Directors and all the Members sign a written statement manifesting their intention that a certain amendment of these Articles of Incorporation be made.
***ARTICLE 15- INDEMNIFICATION
The Corporation shall indemnify a director or officer of the Corporation who was wholly successful, on the merits or otherwise, in the defense of any proceeding to which the director or officer was a party because the director or officer was a party because the director or officer is or was a director of officer of the Corporation against reasonable attorney fees and expenses incurred by the director or officer in connection with the proceeding. The Corporation may indemnify an individual made a party to a proceeding because the individual is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation against liability if authorized in the specific case after determination, in the manner required by the board of directors, that indemnification of the director, officer, employee or agent, as the case may be, is permissible in the circumstances because the director, officer, employee or agent has met the standard of conduct set forth by the board of directors, officers, employees and agents of the Corporation shall apply when such persons are serving at the Corporation’s request while a director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation as the case may be, as a director, officer, partner, trustee, employee or agent of another foreign or domestic corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise, whether or not for profit, as well as in their official capacity with the Corporation. The Corporation also may pay for or reimburse the reasonable attorney fees and expenses incurred by a director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation who is a party to a proceeding in advance of final disposition of the proceeding. The Corporation also may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of an individual arising from the individual’s status as a director, officer, employee, or agent of the Corporation, whether or not the Corporation would have power to indemnify the individual against the same liability under the law.
All references in these Articles of Incorporation are deemed to include any amendment or successor thereto. Nothing contained in these Articles of Incorporation shall limit or preclude the exercise of any right relating to indemnification or advance of attorney fees and expenses to any person who is or was a director, officer, employee, or agent of the Corporation or the ability of the Corporation otherwise to indemnify or advance expenses to any such person by contract or in any other manner. If any word, clause or sentence of the foregoing provisions regarding indemnification or advancement of the attorney fees or expenses shall be held invalid as contrary to law or public policy, it shall be severable and the provisions remaining shall not be otherwise affected. All references in these Articles of Incorporation to “director’, “officer” “employee”, and “agent” shall include the heirs, estates, administrators, executors, and personal representatives of such persons.
ARTICLE 16- COVENANT NOT TO SUE
The Corporation agrees that it will never institute any action or suit at law or in equity against any director or officer of the Corporation, nor institute, prosecute, or in any way aid in the institution or prosecution of any claim, demand, action, or cause of action for damages, costs, loss of services, expenses, or compensation for or on account of any damage, loss or injury to person or property, or both, whether developed or undeveloped, resulting or to result, known or unknown, past, present, or future, arising out of a director or officer of the Corporation’s service to the Corporation.
ARTICLE 17- DISSOLUTION
Upon dissolution of the corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or so disposed of shall be disposed of by Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal officer of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.