How to start a church!
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Do you feel it is time for a new fellowship or church to start in your area? This brief series offers some details and ideas about how to launch a succesful new church that not only builds up its members but also reaches out to help others.
Reasons to Start a Church
Your current church is dead
Do you find your local fellowship seems to have very little love for each other or is not very enthuiastic about preaching the gospel or serving? First try to find an existing group that suits your needs. If none exists then a new group may be what is needed.
Your church and existing fellowships have leadership do everything
Many churches have members who simply attend services and do not do much else. Responsibilities in the church are handled by a select, hand-picked few who are approved by the top church 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 church.
Church politics is greatly decreasing your group's efforts
Church 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.
Sin is openly practiced
Those who openly and habitually sin and call themselves a Christian should, per the apostle Paul, not be allowed to come to church until they repent (1Corinthians 5:1 - 7). The principles of Matthew 18 should, of course, be practiced in order to resolve any issues regarding someone openly sinning and being unashamed by their behavior. If, however, church leadership is unresponsive to what is happening it may be time to seek other alternatives.