Our most common answer to questions is:
“I don’t know.”
Until we have explored your particular context – your neighborhood and community – we are all just making assumptions.
Here are the top questions we get about our work.
Is this “Christian” Coworking?
Will you work with churches who are not welcoming and affirming of LGBTQ persons?
But what if we welcome them, they just can’t be in our leadership and we don’t sanction their marriages?*
But you work in United Methodist Churches . . .
Well, can you refer us to someone else who WILL work with us? Or can you help us write our membership agreement so that we can legally exclude people who don’t share our values?*
No. Just no.
What about taxes and insurance?
If you ask three tax attorneys about it, you will probably get five answers. Your leadership team will want to consult your own counsel and follow state, local and denominational guidelines. Regarding insurance, most coverage for building use is sufficient. Members using commercial kitchens should carry all necessary coverage and licenses. Members with storage or technology needs over usual office requirements may need additional coverage.
Do we need to form a 501(c)3?
Probably not – at least to start. To begin, we encourage lead teams to treat the coworking launch like any other ministry. As it grows, a separate entity might be indicated – whether for-profit or non-profit. Also, there are many other kinds of business entities for social entrepreneurship, like Benefit Corporations or “B Corps.”
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