Becoming a Religious Entrepreneur

Starting a New Thought Church

Ready to realize your dream of starting a New Thought church? We provide insights on the mistakes that often entangle first-time entrepreneurs.

Want information on how to start a New Thought church? We walk you through the most important things you need to know.

The New Thought Movement

The New Thought Movement has been on the American religious scene since the late 1800s. It is a metaphysical spiritual approach that leverages a network of churches and organizations to assist seekers in their search for Infinite Intelligence.

Although the multiplicity of New Thought approaches can be complex, there are generally three streams within the movement: Religious Science, Unity Church and the Church of Divine Science.

Practitioners and church planters in the New Thought movement need to be knowledgeable about the beliefs, practices and culture of today's New Thought organizations. Despite crossovers, many followers exhibit loyalty to a specific philosophical stream are attuned to the nuances of metaphysical theology. Consequently, confused messaging can be interpreted as ignorance or inexperience -- neither of which will benefit your New Thought church plant.

E-Commerce & New Thought Church Startups

Many New Thought churches promote their ideas through the distribution of literature and multimedia resources. As a religious entrepreneur in the New Thought tradition, you may want to consider incorporating an e-commerce strategy into your religious startup plan.

E-commerce uses online vehicles (e.g. a church website and online store) to connect saleable resources with end users. The successful execution of e-commerce tips and strategies in a New Thought church startup can serve several purposes:

  • New followers. E-commerce can generate organic online traffic to attract followers for your church's brick and mortar events.
  • Revenue. A solid e-commerce strategy can create an alternate revenue stream to help fund your church's missional objectives.
  • Site traffic. Finally, an effective e-commerce strategy can drive online users to your church's website where they can access detailed information about the New Thought movement and your church.

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