Thinking about opening an Episcopal church? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church is the U.S. branch of the Anglican communion. With more than 2 million baptized members, it is the fifth largest denomination in the U.S. Highly liturgical and hierarchical, Episcopal churches are popular with Christians who appreciate worship rituals and a more structured religious experience.
Although the Episcopal Church is not known for aggressive church planting activities, certain conditions may necessitate the launch of a new Episcopal parish. However, new parishes need to be approved through proper denominational channels, typically starting at diocesan level.
Also, Episcopal church planters need to be ordained priests in good standing. Ordination in the Episcopal tradition is a comprehensive process and includes the achievement of a seminary degree at an approved Episcopal institution.
Leading vs. Managing An Episcopal Church
In hierarchical denominations like the Episcopal church, there is tendency for parish priests to assume a management role rather than a leadership role. For Episcopal church planters, a management role can have dire consecutions. What your new church needs is a leader -- and the mantle of leadership falls on your shoulders whether you're prepared for it or not.
The differences between managers and leaders may seem inconsequential. But in reality, the gulf between the two couldn't be wider. While managers seek to maintain the status quo, leaders forge new paths to success. Creativity, innovation, vision -- it all comes into play for religious entrepreneurs who are committed to becoming first-rate spiritual leaders.
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