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Jun

How to Register a Church in Kenya

How to register a Church in Kenya – The registration of Churches, Ministries and all religious based organization are registered under the Societies Act of Kenya. All churches and religion based organizations have to go through a security vetting process prior to registration.

Requirements for churches with headquarters outside Kenya

For churches which have their headquarters outside Kenya will have to follow the following process

  1. Submit the same name as its headquarters and shall add the word “Kenyan Chapter” at the end.
  2. Submit a letter of authorization form the headquarters and copy of a duly notarized registration certificate of the headquarters.
  3. Comply with the registration set under section 9 of the Societies Act and these rules.
  4. Specify the physical address from which it intends to operate, which shall include details on the land reference number or plot number, building, floor and the street or road on which the religious society shall be situated.
  5. Have at least a third of its officers being Kenya citizens
  6. Where it has foreign religious leaders and officers, submit in respect of each religious leader and officer-
    1. A certified copy of a work permit issued under the Kenya citizenship and immigration Act, 2011
    2. An alien identification card issued under the Kenya Citizenship and immigration Act, 2011
    3. One passport size photograph
    4. A letter of recommendation from the relevant embassy.
  7. Where the religious society has designated local religious leaders and officers, submit details of the documents specified in rule 6

 

Churches with headquarters in Kenya

  1. Comply with the rules set out
  2. Submit a copy of its constitution which shall contain-
    1. A clause clearly indicating the statement and doctrine of faith
    2. Programmes, minister, charitable activities and education activities undertaken by the religious society and details of persons coordinating these activities
  3. Have at least a third of its officers being Kenyan citizens
  4. Specify the physical address from which it intends to operate, which shall include details on the land reference number or plot number, building, floor and the street or road on which the religious society shall be situated
  5. Where it has foreign religious leaders and officers, submit in respect of each religious leader and officer-
    1. A certified copy of a work permit issued under the Kenya citizenship and immigration Act, 2011
    2. An alien identification card issued under the Kenya Citizenship and immigration Act, 2011
    3. One passport size photograph
    4. A letter of recommendation from the relevant embassy.
  6. Register all its branches established in Kenya in the prescribed form and specify the location from which the branches are to operate.

For Branches

They shall submit to the register:

  1. The same name as its headquarters and shall add the word “Branch” at the end of the name
  2. A letter of authorisation from the headquarters and a copy of a duly certified registration certificate of the headquarters.
  3. Comply with the rules set out
  4. Specify the location from which it intends to operate

All the others requirements are similar to those of the headquarters

Documents to be submitted

In addition to the documents mentioned above the following will be required

  1. For the local officers and local religious leaders
    1. Copy of the national ID, Pin and passport photograph
    2. Certified copy of the theological certificate from a duly registered accredited theological institution
    3. A tax clearance or exemption certificate
    4. A membership recommendation from letter of umbrella and relevant certificate from the religious society
    5. A declaration of any familial relations of the religious leaders and officers
  2. Details of affiliations or partnership of the religious society within and outside Kenya
  3. A list of all religious leader, including a copy of their PIN, ID and passport photograph
  4. A list and information on all the branches of the religious society.
  5. Filling the prescribed forms- the forms prescribed for registration of a church are society Form A and Form B

Every church has to submit a name to the registrar to make sure that there is no church that is registered with a similar name.

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