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Opening a United Brethren in Christ Church
Launching a United Brethren In Christ church can get you on the path to a spiritually rewarding future but it's important to plan out the startup process in detail before you start. We provide a friendly, comprehensive guide on successfully starting and operating a religious organization.
Wondering how to start a United Brethren In Christ church? We take you step-by-step from start to success.
Denominational Distinctives of the United Brethren in Christ
The United Brethren in Christ (or Church of the United Brethren in Christ) is a small denomination that is exclusively American in origin. Ironically, of the Brethren's 500 worldwide congregations, there are only 200 located in the U.S., clustered primarily in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.
Theologically, United Brethren in Christ churches are conservative and evangelical. All of the Brethren churches in the U.S. comprise a national conference. Every three years, representatives from the world's 10 national conference gather for a General Conference and form an International Executive Committee to govern the denomination for a three-year term.
Church planters are required to qualify for ordination with the United Brethren. Although there are multiple ordination tracks, most UB ministers possess Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry degrees from approved seminaries.
Young United Brethren in Christ Church Planters
Many UB church planters are young seminary grads with a passion for using their ministry gifts to make a difference in the church and the world. But youthful energy and passion comes at a cost, i.e. the age-related challenges often faced by young church planters and business owners.
Getting past the age challenge is a critical mile marker on your Brethren church plant's path to success. Even though you may be the most skilled and experienced minister in the congregation, you'll need to implement intentional strategies to overcome the perception older attenders have about young clergy.
If age barriers are seriously impacting your ability to make headway in your new congregation, you may need to have a frank conversation with the congregation -- or at least with older individuals for whom your age is an obstacle.
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