Thinking about opening a Church Of Jesus Christ church? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Navigating the Church of Jesus Christ
Although they share a common Mormon heritage, the Church of Jesus Christ is completely separate from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In fact, there is some tension between the two denominations since the Church of Jesus Christ claims it is the rightful successor to Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith.
As you probably know, church planters in the Church of Jesus Christ are exclusively bi-vocational since there are no paid employees at either the local church or denominational level. Instead, the Church of Jesus Christ relies on volunteer servants to fill the roles of apostles, evangelists, elders, teachers and deacons.
Becoming a Church of Jesus Christ Leader & Church Planter
Since the opportunity of a paid ministry position is not a possible outcome of a Church of Jesus Christ church plant, your motivation for launching a new ministry work will need to come from a deeper place.
The transition from a worshiper to a leader is similar to the transition business owners make when they go from being a customer to an entrepreneur. Although there is a certain amount of prestige that accompanies a church leadership role, power and influence are poor reasons for pursuing a church plant.
Ultimately, the only right reason for becoming a Church of Jesus Christ church planter is the desire to activate your faith and spiritual gifts in the service of others. Will it enrich your bank account? No -- but it may lead to greater spiritual awareness and a more rewarding life.
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