A church is more than just a place of worship. Churches also play a central role in the community. They’re places for the young and the old to feel safe and practice their faith. Lifelong memories — moments of fun and poignancy alike — are made at churches.
Running a church is a massive responsibility as well as a deeply rewarding experience. And starting a church is daunting.
Running a church isn’t like running a traditional business — though several of the same principles of starting a business apply. You need to raise money, grow an audience, and deliver an experience that is fulfilling and worth returning for. None of these tasks is easy, but this guide is here to help.
While starting and managing a church, one of the most important things to do is stay organized. You’re dealing with lots of people and events, all of which demand careful record keeping.
How to start a church: A checklist
- Gain experience as a preacher.
- Start a nonprofit and structure it accordingly. This will become your church.
- Give your church a name, a mission statement, and bylaws.
- Hire a lawyer, a finance team, and form a board of directors.
- Build your congregation.
- Develop and implement a fundraising strategy.
- Schedule meetings and church programming.
These steps are boiled down to their most simple action item. In reality, each step includes a few smaller tasks. But don’t worry: We’ll discuss each of these steps in the guide. Follow along and you’ll have your church up and running soon!