Despite any rumors you may have heard, starting your own church is pretty straightforward. However, that doesn’t mean that there is no hard work involved. There is – plenty of it. But as long as you have faith that what you are doing is the right thing, this doesn’t matter. When your actions are in accordance with what you know to be right, it is hard to think of it as being work. There are, also, many gains for you personally from starting your own church. In all likelihood, you will come out of the experience knowing yourself a little better. You should feel like you have achieved something significant – and that is a great feeling. What’s more, you might feel a little closer to God. If you are keen on trying this out, then take a look at these four steps towards achieving the dream.
Focus On What You Believe
Before you get anything set up regarding your new church, you need to know exactly what it will be in the name of. By this, we don’t just mean what faith. To ensure the success of your new church, you need to have it very clear in your head from the outset. That’s why it’s a good idea to spend some time just focusing on what you actually believe. The clearer you have it in your head, the easier you will find it when it comes to talking to others. This is a simple, but powerful and important, first step to take.
Define The Church
As with any kind of business, you need to start off by defining the church. Here, what is required is that you know exactly where your new church fits in. You also need to spend a little time looking into what kind of scope the church will have. This might include figures for potential membership numbers, for example. You will need to decide on a good location; this might be one of the most important decisions you make. Also, consider what level of commitment you can bring to this new venture. Will it be an occasional, part-time thing – or a full-time job?
Think About Equipment
When you know exactly what form your church will take – and where – it’s time to look into it in more detail. You will, in all likelihood, need to source many pieces of equipment for your new church. It can be easy to forget one or two things, so start thinking about this early just in case. It’s a good idea, at this point, to make a note of what you will require. Everything from the altar to church chairs needs to be taken into consideration at this stage.
Talk To People
It goes without saying that you need to get people interested in and excited about your church. To achieve this is quite simple – talk to people! If you already have many friends in your faith or similar, then speak to them. You don’t need to think of this as evangelism. Just consider it a kind of survey. Try to gauge what people think of your idea for a new church. If you are lucky, a few people might sign up straight away.