Place flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cream of tartar in a mixing bowl. Work in the shortening until the mixture feels like cornmeal.
Pour milk into the flour and mix well. Knead about 12 - 15 times. Break dough into about 1/4 -1/3 cup size balls. Roll dough into balls and pat to 1/2" thickness. Brush with melted butter and place on a baking sheet. Place biscuits into 450 degrees preheated the oven and bake 10 - 12 minutes.
While the churches honey biscuits are in the oven, pour the honey into the remainder of the butter and bring to a boil. Remove honey butter from heat and set aside. When biscuits are done remove from the oven and immediately brush with honey butter.
While the biscuits are baking, heat up the honey and butter. Bring to a boil and brush on the biscuits when it comes out of the oven.
If you don't have vegetable shortening, you can substitute more butter into the recipe. But the biscuits won't be as flaky with butter as they are with shortening.
Serve these biscuits for dinner with your favorite fried chicken or it makes a wonderful breakfast.