How To Register A Church In Namibia

What is a Church?

A church building, church house, or simply church, is a building used for Christian worship services and other Christian religious activities. The term is used to refer to the physical buildings where Christians worship and also to refer to the community of Christians.

How To Register A Church In Namibia

Procedure to register Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Associations not for Gain

  1. Submission of name application/reservation form CM5 or reserve a name online
  2. Once approved, you may apply for  a Certificate of Incorporation and Certificate to Commence Business. This requires the submission of the following documents:
  • Memorandum and article of Association in triplicate of forms CM3CM4CM44B and CM44C.
  • Copy of approved name on CM5
  • Notice of postal and registered address on CM22
  • List of Directors, Auditors and public Officers on CM29
  • Appointment of an Auditor on CM31
  • Application of Certificate of Registration of memorandum of External Company CM46
  • Request for submission of additional Copies on CM51.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is the main religion in Namibia?

Religion in Namibia is dominated by various branches of Christianity, with more than 90 percent of Namibian citizens identifying themselves as Christian.

How did Christianity come to Namibia?

By the late 19th century Christian missionaries arrived in Namibia from Europe. Missionaries did not only bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ but they also laid the foundation for socio-economic development of Namibia. Missionaries began to build schools and they trained Africans to read and write.

What are profit making Organisations?

A for-profit organization is one whose main goal is to make money, i.e., make a profit. … “A for-profit organization exists primarily to generate a profit, that is, to take in more money than it spends.” “The owners can decide to keep all the profit themselves, or they can spend some or all of it on the business itself.”

Can the founder of a non-profit receive a salary?

A non-profit founder may pay themselves a fair salary for the work they do running the organization. Likewise, they can compensate full-time and part-time employees for the work they do. Non-profit founders earn money for running the organizations they founded.

What qualifies you as a nonprofit organization in Namibia?

A Nonprofit corporation is a special type of corporation that has been organized to meet specific tax-exempt purposes. To qualify for Nonprofit status, your corporation must be formed to benefit: (1) the public, (2) a specific group of individuals, or (3) the membership of the Nonprofit.

Can you run an NGO without registration in Namibia?

If you want to involve yourself in social service then you can do it without registering an NGO. To register, setup, run and manage NGO is a entrepreneurial task. If you do not want to work by setting up and registering an NGO you can work without forming it

How do you pay yourself from a non profit in Namibia?

Directors and officers of the nonprofit cannot be paid, but people who hold a position within the company can be. When you create a nonprofit, you can put yourself in any position you want within the company, with a salary you set. But this isn’t an invitation to give yourself an unlimited paycheck

What happens if a non profit makes money in Namibia?

Tax-exempt nonprofits often make money as a result of their activities and use it to cover expenses. As long as a nonprofit’s activities are associated with the nonprofit’s purpose, any profit made from them isn’t taxable as “income.”

Where can I register my small business in Namibia?

  • the Ministry of Finance (registration for VAT and Company Tax)
  • the Ministry of Labour.
  • the Ministry of Home Affairs (work permits, visas, etc.)
  • the Social Security Commission.
  • NAMFISA.
  • BIPA

How do I register my SME in Namibia?

Requirements to Apply for SME Certificate

  1. Copy of Company Registration Certificate,
  2. Social Security Commission Good Standing Certificate not older than 3 months,
  3. VAT Good Standing Certificate not older than 3 months, and.
  4. Certified Copies of IDs of all members/owners of the Company .

How do I register a sole proprietorship in Namibia?

To register a sole proprietorship, you have to apply with the Business and Intellectual Property Authority of Namibia (BIPA). The application process can be completed online (guide) or by visiting a BIPA office in person.

What is the difference between a nonprofit and a 501c3?

These terms are often used interchangeably, but they all mean different things. Nonprofit means the entity, usually a corporation, is organized for a nonprofit purpose. 501(c)(3) means a nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the IRS as being tax-exempt by virtue of its charitable programs.

Can I run a nonprofit from my home in Namibia?

Many people dream of starting a nonprofit organization to serve their goals, and this is completely possible to do from your own home. These organizations serve the community through education, direct service or charity, and in return do not have to pay many of the taxes that for profit businesses pay.

Does a nonprofit have to spend all its money?

This is a difficult question, as all nonprofits are different. In fact, any surpluses i.e. (“profits”) are needed by all nonprofits to even out their cash flows. The obvious way to build a reserve fund is to operate with an annual surplus, generating net revenue that can then be added to reserves.

Does an NGO have to be registered in Namibia?

In principle, an NGO does not have to register itself to perform charitable, welfare or developmental activities. Ideally, due to obligations required of a registered NGO, the registration process itself can lead to the development of systematic thinking and functioning of an NGO’s management.