I am a newly ordained minister through the Universal Life Church Monastery. I am trying to start a new congregation in the Middlesex County area. We are going to hold meetings at Russell Library to elect officers, set up articles of incorporation, establish Church Constitution and By-laws and apply for 501(c)(3) status. I contacted the Middletown Board of Education and inquired about renting school facilities. They said I will need to obtain a $1,000,000 insurance certificate. I asked the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce about Church membership and they are going to mail me information regarding benefits. I went into the Small Business Administration`s website and was referred to SCORE for business advice. I would like to meet with a counselor prior to our church orientation meeting. We`re a modest little church with limited finances. I plan on writing grant proposals in the future. Please tell me what organizations may help me start-up my church.
Rev. Valerie D. Bailey Interfaith Community Church