Thinking about opening a Moravian church? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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The Modern Moravian Church
The Moravian Church's roots go back to the 15th century in the Czech Republic (then Bohemia). Also known as Unitas Fratrum (Unity of Brethren), the Moravian Church's proud heritage as a Reformation period church continues to shape its identity and theological values in the modern era.
Today, the Moravian church is known for being evangelical, pietistic and mission-oriented. Moravian missions and missionary works are located on all major continents with the exception of Australia and the denomination has more than 800,000 members worldwide.
In the Moravian tradition, church planting often takes place at the congregational level. When new churches are started, it's usually a consequence of the efforts of an existing Moravian congregation. So for Moravian religious entrepreneurs, an effective strategy is to hitch your wagon to an existing Moravian congregation with a passion for launching new Moravian churches in underserved areas.
Managing a Moravian Church Plant
As your church plant gains steam, you'll be surprised how quickly management problems will begin to creep into the picture. Even if you don't have many paid staff members at first, volunteer teams require organization and management to be effective. Combined with the other organizational tasks demanding your attention, management issues have the potential to do significant damage to your momentum and growth potential.
The small business community can be a useful resource for overcoming early organizational obstacles. Our resources on organization and management issues for small businesses cover topics that can assist any entrepreneur, regardless of whether they are coming from a religious or business background.
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