Thinking about opening a non-denominational church? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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The Non-Denominational/Non-Sectarian Church Movement
Many U.S. churches identify themselves as non-denominational or non-sectarian to communicate that they are not aligned with a Christian denomination or sect. But the non-sectarian/non-denominational label has taken on a life of its own and often marks churches that inhabit their own, unique organizational category.
For the most part, non-denominational churches are self-governing, conservative and evangelical. Their reasons for adopting a non-denominational classification frequently extend beyond governance to include theologies that are free of denominational influences. Yet despite their independent commitments, many non-denominational voluntarily affiliate with other non-denominational churches in loosely structured associations.
Church planting is entrenched in the DNA of non-denominational Christianity. Independent church planters routinely break away from existing congregations to launch new ministry works, sometimes without the blessing of the mother congregation. But for religious entrepreneurs, it's difficult to find a spiritual environment more suited to church planting initiatives.
Social Networking for Non-Denominational Church Plants
Social media offers a convenient and effective resource for non-denominational church planters. Effective church planting typically boils down to the religious entrepreneur's ability to quickly connect with unchurched members of the community and establish relationships that invite participation in services, events and ministry programs.
Social networking sites facilitate relationships and allow church planters to cost-effectively forge relationships with prospective attenders. Facebook alone has given non-denominational church planters the means to create vibrant virtual communities around their churches.
However, the key is to learn how to use Facebook and other social networking effectively. We recommend visiting Gaebler's suggestions for using Facebook for churches to achieve the maximum benefit from Facebook and other social media websites.
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