VitalChurch Ministry Recognized as an Independent Nonprofit Organization by the IRS

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VitalChurch Ministry obtains 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service and is now able to serve churches as an independent charitable organization.

VitalChurch Ministry Interim Pastors
This new status sets us up well for the next phase in our ministry, as we seek to grow our team of interim pastors and church diagnostic specialists and also increase the number of churches we are able to serve.

VitalChurch Ministry, Inc., an organization dedicated to revitalizing Christian churches throughout the world, recently announced it has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a tax exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Until recently, VitalChurch Ministry had been operating as group called reTURN under the charitable organization Church Resource Ministry (CRM). In 2016, the group changed its name from reTURN to VitalChurch Ministry and in the Fall of 2017, began the process of becoming its own charitable organization, separate of CRM.

VitalChurch Ministry is recognized as an authority in the areas of church diagnostics and interim pastoring, having produced several leading resources on the subjects. They offer church health assessments to both independent and denominational Christian churches in North America and, more recently, in Europe. They also serve as interim pastors in churches that find themselves without a senior pastor, and offer interim pastor training for denominations with their own teams of interim pastors.

Mike Merwin, Executive Director of VitalChurch Ministry had this to say about VitalChurch’s recently-obtained nonprofit status, “We were thrilled to receive the notification from the IRS that VitalChurch had been recognized as a 501(c)3 organization! We believe this status sets us up well for the next phase in our ministry, as we seek to grow our team of interim pastors and church diagnostic specialists and also increase the number of churches we are able to serve. It will also assist us in our goal of establishing a legacy of ministry that can be carried on by the next generation of VitalChurch interim pastors.”

Merwin continued, “We are grateful to CRM for their many years of faithful support of our work, for providing us with a wonderful environment in which we could develop grow our ministry, and for their blessing as we venture out on our own as an independent nonprofit organization.”

The unique, three-phase approach to church revitalization developed and used by VitalChurch Ministry—diagnostic assessment, interim pastoring, and follow-up coaching—has brought about real, lasting change in struggling churches throughout the world. In addition to their core team of interim pastors, VitalChurch also staffs multiple ministry specialists and has amassed a dedicated group of volunteers throughout the United States that assist them in their work.

About VitalChurch Ministry

Since 1994, the VitalChurch team has worked with churches in transition or crisis, leading them to pathways of healing, hope, and revitalization. Their mission is to see churches reconciled and restored to unity, with gifted leadership in place, gospel values embedded, effective governance, an exciting mission agreed on, and discipleship pathway engaged. They have engaged with churches as interim pastors in a variety of denominations, in suburban, rural, and urban environments throughout the United States and in Europe.

The pastors at VitalChurch Ministry are recognized experts in the fields of church diagnostics, interim pastoring, and leadership coaching. They have produced resources and training materials used by churches and denominations throughout North America and have been featured speakers at multiple training conferences.

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