Wondering how to start a Universal church? We take you step-by-step from start to success.
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Overview of Universal Churches
Universal churches usually refer to congregations and faith communities that take a much broader view of faith and spirituality than most traditional religious churches. Many Universal churches welcome followers from multiple faiths, emphasizing concepts of inclusion, plurality and multiple approaches to the Divine.
Sometimes, the term "Universal" is applied to Unitarian Universalist (UU) churches. Unitarian Universalism is a denomination that adheres to universal theology and principles. Unlike other Universal churches, UU church planters are required to follow denominational processes in establishing a new work.
Church planters who are not part of the UU denomination have more freedom, but fewer resources in starting a Universal church. A thorough understanding of universalism, some ministry experience and a strong entrepreneurial spirit are the primary resources you will need to rely on throughout the process.
Finding the Right Location for a Universal Church
Just like a business startup, Universal church startups need to invest time and energy in selecting the right location for their church. Although several possible locations and leased spaces may be available, not all of them will be right for your new church.
The bottom line is that there are a lot of things to consider when choosing a location. Ultimately, a good location is an affordable spot that meets your space requirements in an area with a high density of likely church attenders.
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