National Association of Christian Ministers
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National Association of Christian Ministers

Answering His Call to Advance the Gospel and Unite the Body of Christ.

What is a Charter?
A church or ministry charter is simply a recognition of one spiritual body by another spiritual body.  In essence, a charter is to a ministry like ordination is to a minister.  In other words a charter is the ordination of a ministry.  It is the recognition that there is a spiritual need that the recognized ministry provides for humanity.  The charter says to the public that another group of believers validates the existence of your ministry.
What does a charter have to do with the IRS?

The short answer is: nothing. However, there have been reports from government agencies requesting the validation of a ministry or church by another body of believers.  In such a case, a charter offers a necessary prerequisite to filing papers with those agencies.