Celtic - Anabaptist - Ministries
A Free Church
The CAC is a free church; the Celtic Anabaptist Communion being a free church means the following:
The office of presiding archbishop and the CAC headquarters/home office will be financially sustained by the following spontaneous methods: donations, gifts, freewill offerings, voluntary tithes. It may also receive proceeds from investments, etc.
It must be emphasized that at no time will the presiding archbishop take or receive a predetermined or set salary, or any kind of salary, from Celtic Anabaptist Ministries or the Celtic Anabaptist Communion. The presiding archbishop is neither an employee of this Ministry or Church, nor a "self-employed minister"; Celtic Anabaptist Ministries/Communion is NOT a withholding agent of the government - therefore no W-2 forms or 1099 forms will be prepared for or applied to the presiding archbishop. This Ministry and Church Communion, exemplified in the aforesaid beliefs and actions of the presiding archbishop, is thus a "FREE CHURCH" in organization, philosophy, and practice. It is NOT an agent of, or for, the state. The CAC and all associated ministries and orders are FREE -- not affiliated with, related to, or controlled by the state in any way.
The CAC presiding archbishop recommends that local affiliated churches not seek incorporation or formally file for 501(c)3 status but will not demand this from local churches. Since individual ministers and congregations have a high degree of autonomy within the larger CAC denomination/jurisdiction, these individual local churches may or may not incorporate and/or file for 501(c)3 status as they see fit.
However, the national/international CAC denomination/jurisdiction will not seek incorporation or formally apply for 501(c)3 status; these steps are not required for a church to be "tax-exempt"; churches and their related associations and auxiliaries are automatically non-taxable.
It is the opinion of the presiding archbishop that incorporating and obtaining formal 501(c)3 status interferes with the "free church" status and makes a church subject to the demands of the state. Freedom to disagree is still given in this matter.
To repeat once again: The CAC allows individual local churches, fellowships, and ministries freedom of choice with regard to this matter.
It is the intent of the presiding archbishop that the national/international CAC jurisdiction will forever remain a free church, unencumbered by the state or secular order.