Should Your Church Start a Nonprofit?

by Joy Skjegstad. Faith & Leadership Blog, Leadership and Education at Duke Divinity School, December 21, 2009.

This concise article will be helpful for any congregation beginning to think about starting a nonprofit.


two examples of when forming a nonprofit can be helpful, disadvantages to consider

Best For

clergy, lay leaders, and nonprofit teams



Suggested Uses

  • Initiate a conversation about the possibilty of starting a nonprofit by sharing this article with lay leaders.
  • Determine if your congregation is ready to create a nonprofit by referring to the examples described and comparing their situations with your own.

About the Contributor

Wendy McCormick

Wendy McCormick is the Center for Congregations’ southwest Indiana director. She has an interest in congregational fundraising and stewardship, including planned giving.

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