How to Start a Church
Opening a Swedenborgian Church
Starting a Swedenborgian church is an excellent opportunity if you have the creativity and tenacity necessary to be a successful religious entrepreneur. This article contains a few secrets to improve your startup process.
Thinking about opening a Swedenborgian church? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
Characteristics of Swedenborgianism
Swedenborgianism is a religious sect that is based on the teachings of Emmanuel Swedberg, a 17th century Swedish scientist and mystic. Based primarily on his own personal visions, Swedberg's teachings were controversial, even during his time. Although Christian in nature, Swedberg's religious concepts turned traditional Christianity on its head and placed him well outside of the mainstream.
Today, the Swedenborgian Church continues to promote Swedberg's teachings and active Swedenborgian faith communities exist throughout the nation. Religious entrepreneurs interested in pursuing a Swedenborgian church plant should be familiar with the Swedberg's distinctive theological views and connected to a local Swedenborgian congregation.
Does Age Matter for Swedenborgian Entrepreneurs?
Many people choose to become a religious entrepreneur as a second or even third career option. Older Swedenborgian church planters are fairly common, with many people choosing to get involved with Swedenborgian ministry after they have retired from their primary career path.
The question of many Swedenborgian church planters' minds is whether age really matters when it comes to religious entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that question. Although your life experience will certainly benefit your new church, you may also have less energy to apply to the demands of a church startup. For advice, we recommend speaking with other Swedenborgian church planters to determine whether life as a Swedenborgian religious entrepreneur is a viable career option.
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