Thinking about opening a Korean church? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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What Qualifies as a "Korean Church"?
Korean-Americans are overwhelmingly Christian -- nearly 80% of Korean-Americans identify with some form of Christianity. Subsequently, a diverse variety of Christian churches have arisen to meet the needs of Korean believers in the U.S. Currently, there are more than 2,800 Korean Christian churches scattered across the nation.
Korean churches come in all shapes and sizes -- a virtual smorgasbord for church planters. From denominational Korean churches to independent Korean congregations, there is something from every type of Korean church entrepreneur.
Korean church planters also have the advantage of organizations dedicated to advancing the interests of Korean-American Christians and ministry leaders. For example, Korean American Ministry Resources is an organization committed to providing resources to Korean-American Christians across a variety of denominational and non-denominational traditions.
Cost-Effective Marketing for Korean Church Plants
Getting your new Korean church on its feet won't be easy. But to make a hard job even harder, it's unlikely that you'll have the ability to invest in a sophisticated marketing campaign -- and that's a problem because you're going to need to promote your church to a very specific section of the spiritual marketplace.
Guerilla marketing is a cost-effective way for new churches to promote their services and programs to unchurched (or under-churched) people in the local community. Unlike polished and expense marketing campaigns, guerilla marketing techniques leverage low cost tactics to quickly raise your church's profile. Flyers, door-to-door promotions, phone trees -- almost any tactic is fair game, provided it is part of a coordinated plan to draw new people into your church and create a reputable presence in the community.
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