How to START a church!

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Do you feel it is time to start a church in your area? This brief series offers some details and ideas about how to launch a successful new group that not only builds up its members but also reaches out to help others. First, however, we cover seven GOOD reasons for creating a new fellowship followed by a few BAD reasons for doing so.

Seven reasons to start a church!

Is your current church DEAD? Do you find your local fellowship seems to have very little love for each other or is not very enthusiastic about preaching the gospel or serving? First try to find an existing group that suits your needs. If none exists then it may be time for a new group to start.

Does your congregation or fellowship have leadership do just about EVERYTHING? Many groups have members who simply attend services and do not do much else. Responsibilities in the church are handled by a select, handpicked few who are approved by the top leadership. This hinders the growth of individual Christians and can lead to a lukewarm fellowship. As many members as possible should be allowed to participate in the functioning and evangelism of the local congregation.

Is religious politics greatly decreasing your group's efforts and effectiveness? Christian leaders who are more concerned about their position and pet programs often resist God's spirit. They may try to slow down or even STOP any efforts by members to play a more active role in the local church.

Is SIN open practiced in the group? Those who openly and habitually sin and call themselves a Christian should, per the apostle Paul, not be allowed to come to worship with others until they repent (1Corinthians 5:1 - 7). The principles of Matthew 18 should be practiced in order to resolve any issues regarding someone openly sinning and being unashamed by their behavior. If, however, leadership is unresponsive to what is happening it may be time to seek other alternatives.

Do you and the congregational you attend have significant differences in doctrinal understanding? Disagreements can we worked with and explained if the local group allows open discussions regarding its teachings and practices. If, however, leadership is unwilling to take seriously your concerns, and seems determined to preach what the denomination hierarchy tells it to preach, you may be more comfortable elsewhere.

Do you have to drive a significant distance each week to participate in Bible studies or attend services? Although the studies and services may be great, they can be greatly overshadowed by an exhausting drive, especially during inclement weather.

Do you feel that God is leading you to serve, humbly, others in a unique way? Your zeal may be commendable. Your ideas may be worth pursuing. However, you may find the leadership of your congregation less than enthusiastic (if not downright hostile) to your plans. It may be time to bring something new into existence in order to have the freedom to serve rather than trying to convince those who are comfortable in how the church operates to change.

If some of the above applies to your situation, and if existing fellowships cannot fill your needs, then it might be the time to start a church!

Bad reasons for leaving

Do you think you know just about everything important the Bible teaches and feel compelled to "bless" others with this insight? Do you believe God has given you, above others in the church, some special prophetic insight that has to be heard by everyone? It is a very bad idea to start a new worship group because you need an outlet in which to express your 'superior' doctrinal understanding or need an audience to hear your prophetic interpretations you feel are unique! Forming a new group in order to attract others to YOURSELF is a prescription for disaster. Such self-centered desires can easily lead to vanity (the devil's chief sin - Ezekiel 28) and a whole host of problems in the future.

Are you frustrated by not being recognized for your efforts in support of the congregation you attend? True Christians serve because that is what God wants them to do, not because they can earn the accolades and respect of others. Creating a new assembly just so that your talents will finally be duly appreciated is asking for a great deal of trouble.

A desire to serve God and the brethren in love and a willingness to work hard are the foundation stones on which to start a church. While knowledge of the Bible is important, it is not the critical asset in creating a new group. New congregations have a much easier time taking shape when people or families of the same mind all pitch in to do whatever work is needed.

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What is the Great Commission?
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