A lot of people do not consider a place of worship to be a corporate entity,but that’s not the case with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
The Corporate Affairs Commission view a church as a Corporate entity entity and hence must be registered as such.
How To Register A Church In Nigeria
First of all you should think of a suitable name for the church,you should have up to three names,an alternate name might be necessary if your first choice is not available.
The following step is to organize and form a Board of Trustees, these are equivalent to the shareholders and directors in a company.
After the application has been accepted and the name of the church approved,the next phase is for the trustees to publish a notification of their intention to register a church.
The Publication of notices should be in three (3) national dailies,one being a local newspaper widely circulated in the area where the organization is based.
This step involves the completion and submission of the application form in triplicate. Other requirements include:
- (a) A formal letter of application
- (b) The original newspaper publications
- (c) 2 copies of Applicant’s constitution
- (d) Minutes of the meeting where the trustees were appointed, having the list of members present and absent and showingthe voting pattern,duely signed by Chairman and Secretary of the Board.
- (e) Minutes of the meeting where the special clause rules was adopted into the constitution of the organization and signed by the Secretary and Chairman.
- (f) Trustees must attach 2 passport sized photographs of themselves
- (g) Trustees must sign against their names on the application form and furnish permanent residential addresses.
- (g) The impression of the common seal should be affixed on page 11 of the form and a draft of N20,000 payable to CAC in Abuja.
All the documents and payment receipts will be reviewed by the CAC,if all the documents are correct,the church will then be registered with the CAC,and presented with the registration documents.