Thinking about opening a Christ's church? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Christ's Church: Startup Options
The term "Christ's Church" or "Christ Church" is a common component of the names of many Christian churches. Depending on the context, it can refer to an independent Christian congregation, an Episcopal (denominational) church or something else entirely.
Before you settle on planting a new ministry around the "Christ's Church" concept, you'll need to conduct strategic research to determine what you're trying to communicate and how the phrase will be interpreted in your local community.
For example, if your intentions are to start a small, nondenominational congregation in an area with a well-known and established Episcopal "Christ Church", your efforts could be frustrated by miscommunication and misunderstandings.
Mastering the Basics of a New Christ Church
New Christ's Church leaders have to juggle a variety of tasks and responsibilities, some of which you may be doing for the first time. Effective church planters and new ministry leaders understand that the learning process for running a church never ends -- it's vital to develop personal learning goals and create a culture of learning among your leadership team.
One of the first lessons you'll need to learn is that operating a church requires many of the same entrepreneurial skills as operating business. Learning small business tips and techniques is an excellent way to shorten the learning curve. Many new church pastors intentionally cultivate relationships with small business owners to stay on top of organizational, administrative and leadership trends so they can adapt them to a church context.
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